Object #1007752 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

5 pages written by Susan Douglas McLean to Sir Donald 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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My dearest husband

I was delighted to see Ellen and Mr Hargreaves last night. I wish Ellen could have remained with me today but as she is going to the ball she must of course

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go down although it is a most disagreeable morning. I am afraid love you will have a wet day to come home. If it is very wet I would rather that you would remain with [word missing] than get wet and take cold. I send the collar for Mrs Stevenson which I finished yesterday. I would have written a note to her but I have not time as we must have breakfast early to let Mrs Hargreaves get down in time to the ball [?]. I wish dear you would bring up a piece of cake for Mrs Buck. I forgot to tell you about when

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you went away yesterday Miss Kelly and Miss Hart are coming up on Saturday morning.

Ellen thinks that it would be as well for me to [go] down on Monday as she says she is sure the house will get on better if I am there. I think so myself. I will not care about the smell

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of the new paint besides I think it should be dry by that time however I shall do just as you like about going down.

I hope I shall see you about 5 or 6 o'clock. I shall go down a little way to meet you.

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Give my love to Papa and Mama and believe me my dearest Donald


Your affectionate wife
Susan D McLean
I am sure you will scold me for having sent such a dreadfully written note but you must excuse it as I am in a great hurry.
The Hutt
Thursday morning

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My dearest husband

I was delighted to see Ellen and Mr Hargreaves last night. I wish Ellen could have remained with me today but as she is going to the ball she must of course go down although it is a most disagreeable morning. I am afraid love you will have a wet day to come home. If it is very wet I would rather that you would remain with [word missing] than get wet and take cold. I send the collar for Mrs Stevenson which I finished yesterday. I would have written a note to her but I have not time as we must have breakfast early to let Mrs Hargreaves get down in time to the ball [?]. I wish dear you would bring up a piece of cake for Mrs Buck. I forgot to tell you about when you went away yesterday Miss Kelly and Miss Hart are coming up on Saturday morning.

Ellen thinks that it would be as well for me to [go] down on Monday as she says she is sure the house will get on better if I am there. I think so myself. I will not care about the smell of the new paint besides I think it should be dry by that time however I shall do just as you like about going down.

I hope I shall see you about 5 or 6 o'clock. I shall go down a little way to meet you. Give my love to Papa and Mama and believe me my dearest Donald


Your affectionate wife
Susan D McLean
I am sure you will scold me for having sent such a dreadfully written note but you must excuse it as I am in a great hurry.
The Hutt
Thursday morning

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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