Object #1005515 from MS-Papers-0032-0827

3 pages written 14 Aug 1851 by Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0827 (34 digitised items). Letters between Donald McLean and Susan. Donald's letters written from Hawke's Bay, Rangitikei, Taita and Wairapapa. Susan's letters from Dalmuir Hill, Wellington (the home of her parents (Robert and Susannah Strang).

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I went to went to Mrs Stevenson's last night who gave me a small parcel for you which I had the idle curiosity to examine and for doing which I must beg your ladyship's pardon, in fact until I saw what it was I might be under an impression that the parcel contained an

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account of my old sweethearts and wives in the Highlands. You do not know how often I may have been married at least you told me yourself that you suspected I had been so I did not wish Mrs S to confirm these suspicions. She leaves today for the Bay. Her baby is a very pretty one.

I spoke to Mr Wallace this morning about sending a man up to shingle the kitchen. Make the party you wish for, improve the chimnies etc so you see how attentive I am to your wishes.

I would rather not go to the Sharp's. It is probable Dr

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Sinclair may call today or tonight. I think I may now subscribe myself, Madam


Your very obt. servant
Donald McLean

Wednesday
14 Augt 1851

English (MD)






I went to went to Mrs Stevenson's last night who gave me a small parcel for you which I had the idle curiosity to examine and for doing which I must beg your ladyship's pardon, in fact until I saw what it was I might be under an impression that the parcel contained an account of my old sweethearts and wives in the Highlands. You do not know how often I may have been married at least you told me yourself that you suspected I had been so I did not wish Mrs S to confirm these suspicions. She leaves today for the Bay. Her baby is a very pretty one.

I spoke to Mr Wallace this morning about sending a man up to shingle the kitchen. Make the party you wish for, improve the chimnies etc so you see how attentive I am to your wishes.

I would rather not go to the Sharp's. It is probable Dr Sinclair may call today or tonight. I think I may now subscribe myself, Madam


Your very obt. servant
Donald McLean

Wednesday
14 Augt 1851

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0827 (34 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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