Object #1007408 from MS-Papers-0032-0816

3 pages written 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)




Ma chere frere

No McLean has written to you in reference to the Curtis house. Since then Mr Hart has written to you in reference to this but wishes me to say that you are entirely to suit yourself only that

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he would feel more satisfied if it suited you to take it. The Curtis will not let their place under a year and for the Session will charge six guinea a week. You can entertain much more comfortably here as there is everything you want and Margaret is a good economical cook, and when you are away Margaret will take all the responsibility. Kate would have written herself but is greatly upset at the idea. The mail is

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just going so I cannot say more.


Yours in haste.
Annabella McLean

Monday 18 March

P.S. Should this arrangement suit I should like it as it would be a home for Annabella and I think Douglas would enjoy it. C Hart

English (MD)




Ma chere frere

No McLean has written to you in reference to the Curtis house. Since then Mr Hart has written to you in reference to this but wishes me to say that you are entirely to suit yourself only that he would feel more satisfied if it suited you to take it. The Curtis will not let their place under a year and for the Session will charge six guinea a week. You can entertain much more comfortably here as there is everything you want and Margaret is a good economical cook, and when you are away Margaret will take all the responsibility. Kate would have written herself but is greatly upset at the idea. The mail is just going so I cannot say more.


Yours in haste.
Annabella McLean

Monday 18 March

P.S. Should this arrangement suit I should like it as it would be a home for Annabella and I think Douglas would enjoy it. C Hart

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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