Object #1001923 from MS-Papers-0032-0811

6 pages written by Catherine Hart in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Catherine Hart (sister); Catherine Isabella McLean (sister-in-law), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0811 (71 digitised items). Catherine McLean (later Hart) wrote from Stobs Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire and from Edinburgh, Scotland prior to her arrival in New Zealand in 1861, and from Wellington, Hawke's Bay and Christchurch, 1861-1875, including many undated letters and fragments. The folder contains 9 letters written by Catherine Isabella McLean, from Maraekakaho and Glenorchy, Hawke's Bay, 1861-1875.Includes one letter written by Annabella McLean from Edinburgh in Nov 1862

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My dear Donald

Robert has promised me to write you a long letter at his office giving you all news. I was glad to see that you have gone with your native Alies and back again and I suppose some day soon we shall hear of something

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being done. Every body in the place thought it so good of you to go and the general opinion is that if Mr McLean takes the hand to assist that fool Whitmore something will be done. Robert says that you never were in a better posission [sic] in the country than you are now and that the more your enmeys try to undo your work the more they bring out their own folly. Mr Strang spent Christmas day with us. He keeps wonderfully well. I am delighted with Douglases likeness. What a big boy he is getting and how he found out his relations.

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I wonder who told him where aunts were. Mrs Park expected in a few days. I suppose that Annabella is up at the station still. I hope it will do her good for Catherine says that she is far from strong. I was vexed with Alex and was most anxious for him to stay here

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and go home all right, I fear that he never will do any good. Robert is very busy in his office. Mr Buckly taken up with his lady love who is still out side in the Lady Bird. I believe they are to land tomorrow. Bishop Monroad and family are in Wellington.

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He was asking much after you and said that he should like so much to have seen you. They are all coming to dine here on Saturday with the Judge. I am not able to write more my wrist being still troublesome to me. It is now two years since I left home and I ought to be thankful, and I hope I am, to a kind providence, for casting my lot with such a kind good husband for I do think that Robert is one of the most just and fairest minded men that I ever meet with.

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With every good wish. I am your aff sister
Catherine Hart
Wellington 30th

What a pretty answer you sent to Dr Featherston

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My dear Donald

Robert has promised me to write you a long letter at his office giving you all news. I was glad to see that you have gone with your native Alies and back again and I suppose some day soon we shall hear of something being done. Every body in the place thought it so good of you to go and the general opinion is that if Mr McLean takes the hand to assist that fool Whitmore something will be done. Robert says that you never were in a better posission [sic] in the country than you are now and that the more your enmeys try to undo your work the more they bring out their own folly. Mr Strang spent Christmas day with us. He keeps wonderfully well. I am delighted with Douglases likeness. What a big boy he is getting and how he found out his relations. I wonder who told him where aunts were. Mrs Park expected in a few days. I suppose that Annabella is up at the station still. I hope it will do her good for Catherine says that she is far from strong. I was vexed with Alex and was most anxious for him to stay here and go home all right, I fear that he never will do any good. Robert is very busy in his office. Mr Buckly taken up with his lady love who is still out side in the Lady Bird. I believe they are to land tomorrow. Bishop Monroad and family are in Wellington. He was asking much after you and said that he should like so much to have seen you. They are all coming to dine here on Saturday with the Judge. I am not able to write more my wrist being still troublesome to me. It is now two years since I left home and I ought to be thankful, and I hope I am, to a kind providence, for casting my lot with such a kind good husband for I do think that Robert is one of the most just and fairest minded men that I ever meet with.


With every good wish. I am your aff sister
Catherine Hart
Wellington 30th

What a pretty answer you sent to Dr Featherston

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Catherine Hart (sister); Catherine Isabella McLean (sister-in-law), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0811 (71 digitised items)
Series 9 Inwards family letters, Reference Number Series 9 Inwards family letters (1204 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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