Object #1006770 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

3 pages written by Sir Donald McLean 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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Wednesday
6 in the morning
What do you think of that?



My dear Susan

I could not answer your note by Benjamin last night as we had Capt Thomas dining with us. I do not my dear girl attach much importance to Mama's whims, although, at the present time they are rather disagreeable to both of us and I have no doubt that your future sincerity will be an ample reward for any slight provocation I may suffer on your account. Do not therefore believe that such trifles will alienate my esteem for you. I am almost afraid Susan

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that we cannot go together to Mr Stevenson's today unless we can manage to do so about 1/2 past 2 or 3 o'clock at which time a walk to the minister's can do you no harm even if I cannot come as I have to meet Sir George at 11 am and it is uncertain how long he may delay me, or what I may have to do afterwards. If I can meet you we can fix about going to the Hargreaves but I scarcely like to dine there from having refused to dine at other places â?? in fact I should prefer leading a quiet contemplative life during the few weeks or days I may have to remain in Wellington.

I must beg of you Douglas not to urge me to visit your house when you know that my doing so is so frequently attended with unpleasantness.


Goodbye
Yours sincerely
Donald McLean

This is written by candle light on a book.

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[On verso] I hope your cold is better. Mine is stationary but I care little or nothing about it. Perhaps you in your tenderness may therefore make [?] the report to your ladyship.

English (MD)


Wednesday
6 in the morning
What do you think of that?



My dear Susan

I could not answer your note by Benjamin last night as we had Capt Thomas dining with us. I do not my dear girl attach much importance to Mama's whims, although, at the present time they are rather disagreeable to both of us and I have no doubt that your future sincerity will be an ample reward for any slight provocation I may suffer on your account. Do not therefore believe that such trifles will alienate my esteem for you. I am almost afraid Susan that we cannot go together to Mr Stevenson's today unless we can manage to do so about 1/2 past 2 or 3 o'clock at which time a walk to the minister's can do you no harm even if I cannot come as I have to meet Sir George at 11 am and it is uncertain how long he may delay me, or what I may have to do afterwards. If I can meet you we can fix about going to the Hargreaves but I scarcely like to dine there from having refused to dine at other places â?? in fact I should prefer leading a quiet contemplative life during the few weeks or days I may have to remain in Wellington.

I must beg of you Douglas not to urge me to visit your house when you know that my doing so is so frequently attended with unpleasantness.


Goodbye
Yours sincerely
Donald McLean

This is written by candle light on a book.

[On verso] I hope your cold is better. Mine is stationary but I care little or nothing about it. Perhaps you in your tenderness may therefore make [?] the report to your ladyship.

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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