Object #1004118 from MS-Papers-0032-0816

3 pages written 1874 by Annabella McLean to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816 (50 digitised items). Letters written from Scotland (Edinburgh, Glenorchy Manse, Stranraer) prior to her arrival in New Zealand in Jan 1864 on the Wild Duck; afterwards from Maraekakaho, Napier and Wellington. One letter was written in Sep 1858 during a visit to her sister Flora Ann Conway in North Wales.

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English (MD)

[1874]



plenty of noise about it you would see when he told Mair or one of the natives that you would not be back for sometime. They answered quite cooly and so like them. "They could wait a while".

No one has been staying here since Mrs MacAndrew left. I liked her greatly

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English (MD)

but not so the girl. She was not nice. Had a long letter from her yesterday. Every carpet in the house is up cleaning and scouring doing its utmost to make an old dining room look brighter.

I have one comfort in midst of it all which is a thorough good servant. Have got Helen, Kate's woman that you thought so much of. She has joined the Good Templar and here she is a truly valuable servant. The cow will not be here until the beginning of June. Landbroks's wife was here with the baby looking so well.

English (MD)

[1874]



plenty of noise about it you would see when he told Mair or one of the natives that you would not be back for sometime. They answered quite cooly and so like them. "They could wait a while".

No one has been staying here since Mrs MacAndrew left. I liked her greatly but not so the girl. She was not nice. Had a long letter from her yesterday. Every carpet in the house is up cleaning and scouring doing its utmost to make an old dining room look brighter.

I have one comfort in midst of it all which is a thorough good servant. Have got Helen, Kate's woman that you thought so much of. She has joined the Good Templar and here she is a truly valuable servant. The cow will not be here until the beginning of June. Landbroks's wife was here with the baby looking so well. I gave the little thing a winter frock. ... Mel'b is not so dear as Sydney if so perhaps it will be best to send to England for what is wanted but a few things would be necessary for this winter. Douglas is well and active. The Harts in their usual.


In haste
Yours truly,
Annabella McLean

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816 (50 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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