Object #1005553 from MS-Papers-0032-0811

3 pages written by Catherine Hart 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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English (MD)


Dear Donald

Poor dear Alec had a bad fit yesterday which has weakened him much. I was up with him all night and the only thing I can get down his throat is port wine in a spoon. His bad leg is very much swelled

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Alltogether he looks bad and I have no hope whatever of him now I think that he still knows me for when I move away his eyes follows me. Robert left the [crossed out] in the 'Patterson' last night.

There was no one in the room but myself when Alec had the fit yesterday and I was very much put about. Fortunately Mr Sydie came in and he was a great comfort to me for he had seen people in the same way before.

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I am just going up to breakfast
Yours Kate

I am glad you are comfortable at the cottage.

My heart grieves to see him that was so fond of the place & I fear will never again return to it

English (MD)


Dear Donald

Poor dear Alec had a bad fit yesterday which has weakened him much. I was up with him all night and the only thing I can get down his throat is port wine in a spoon. His bad leg is very much swelled Alltogether he looks bad and I have no hope whatever of him now I think that he still knows me for when I move away his eyes follows me. Robert left the [crossed out] in the 'Patterson' last night.

There was no one in the room but myself when Alec had the fit yesterday and I was very much put about. Fortunately Mr Sydie came in and he was a great comfort to me for he had seen people in the same way before.


I am just going up to breakfast
Yours Kate

I am glad you are comfortable at the cottage.

My heart grieves to see him that was so fond of the place & I fear will never again return to it

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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