Object #1004806 from MS-Papers-0032-0818
From: Inward family correspondence - Archibald John McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0818 (112 digitised items). Letters written from Maraekakaho, Warleigh, Doonside and Glenorchy about station matters and family news.Letter dated 24 Oct 1874 recounts the McLean family's lineage and gives dates of birth for family members
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6 May 1875
My dear Donald
I must say when we parted yesterday morning I had cause to be pleased & proud and afterwards on my lonely course down the beautiful stream many feelings and strange thoughts came to my mind of having to part without saying half what was on my mind, about many things in conection with the place and things in general. I saw you were gloomy and felt at leaving no doubt to perform a very ardious task among the native race, still you have God with you. I do believe always among
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them as well as others. If one could at all times put his best ideas on paper they would do good. When you were at Makitu or some where there I had eigher a good or bad dream about you and myself. In my oppinion a good one. The purport of it was thus. I saw you as I have often seen you before any honour, or prosperity was coming to you, speaking in the most familiar terms to Queen Victoria and I was close by you in very great spirits and very much pleased. Douglas was at a little distance looking cheerful but not very well, still he came round and said what is this Uncle, something new. Yes, I said and woak up in a great consternation for a time. This was about 10 days before E[a]ster Sunday. There must be something in this for I never but once before saw you looking so cheerful and I may say beautiful for I told Kate of it at the time. Her reply was I was always dreaming but can one help taking note of these things. I hope Rogan is quite better. I fear that man is fast breaking down from what he told me. He must be very careful and moderate in smoking and drinking or otherwise he will drop very sudden. I will be very sorry for
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I think him a good man and one of the old stamps that cannot be replaced. Please to gave him the hint as with him what you say is law and will be adhered to by him.
When you are down will you please to see Cotterel or Wilson and sign the deeds for the two sections as I have not done anything with them as yet. I might leace them if I once had the title. I do not want to do anything with them till then and it is no use in letting them lay idle. I hope you will be up next week and spend a few days longer as it is good for you and cheers me vastley.
Yours ever affectionate
Archibald John McLean
Inward family correspondence - Archibald John McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0818 (112 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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