Object #1002960 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

4 pages written 16 Jan 1852 by Sir Donald McLean in Rangitikei District to Susan Douglas McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 digitised items). The letters from Donald are written from Porirua Barracks, Otaki, Rangitikei, Waikanae, Wanganui and Taranaki. Susan's letters are addressed from Dalmuir Hill (her parent's home) and Wellington Terrace. Many letters are undated and were written prior to their marriage in Aug 1851. Includes correspondence between Susan McLean and her mother Susan Strang (2 letters, undated); one letter from Helen Anne Wilson to Mrs McLean, 30 August 1852

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English (MD)

By Mr McDonell Rangitikei
16 Jany 1852


My dearest Douglas

I am only yet as far as Waikanae. The natives have so much to say. The weather is so hot and feeling rather unwell. I think I will just quietly take care of myself and take it easy. I will be quite well again tomorrow and in fact there is very little the matter with me now excepting a sort of headache arising probably from a disordered stomach. I was much worse when in town with you. I cannot help thinking there is something unhealthy about Dalmuir Hill, at least

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English (MD)

I generally feel more indisposed there than anywhere else. We must get Papa to the cottage for a time and see what effect change will have.

I am almost quite well again and shall probably go on in the cool of the evening. I have written two letters to pussy from Porirua yesterday but of course she will as usual only acknowledge the receipt

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of one. I must drive her into business habits. Be a good girl dearest and believe me always to be your own faithful and affectionate husband


Donald McLean

What makes me feel quite well again in such a short time is that I have had a vomit.

English (MD)

By Mr McDonell Rangitikei
16 Jany 1852


My dearest Douglas

I am only yet as far as Waikanae. The natives have so much to say. The weather is so hot and feeling rather unwell. I think I will just quietly take care of myself and take it easy. I will be quite well again tomorrow and in fact there is very little the matter with me now excepting a sort of headache arising probably from a disordered stomach. I was much worse when in town with you. I cannot help thinking there is something unhealthy about Dalmuir Hill, at least I generally feel more indisposed there than anywhere else. We must get Papa to the cottage for a time and see what effect change will have.

I am almost quite well again and shall probably go on in the cool of the evening. I have written two letters to pussy from Porirua yesterday but of course she will as usual only acknowledge the receipt of one. I must drive her into business habits. Be a good girl dearest and believe me always to be your own faithful and affectionate husband


Donald McLean

What makes me feel quite well again in such a short time is that I have had a vomit.

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 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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