Object #1008340 from MS-Papers-0032-0816

4 pages written 14 Jan 1865 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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Saturday
January 14th 1865


My dear Donald

I write very doubtfully not knowing where you are. The judge expects you by the 'Queen' but I do not. Your health is the subject amongst all your friends here which are not few. You are my first & latest thought. It was cruel to let

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me away so much against my will untill you were at least better. It is of no use sending me abroad for happiness all my happiness is centered in that which I so long longed for and it seems of that I am always to be debarred from [crossed out].

The 'Antiquarry' left today. In a way he wished me to go with him. I miss him tonight. I am alone. Members have called, Mr Dwyer of course the first. The Colonel was meeting me at the wharf and saw me home. I spend tomorrow with them. I am storing up a great many little pleasantries to amuse you but I fear they will be all vanished ere I see you. Mr Judge I expect on Monday to take me out there but I will not go

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until the Queen comes in. Remember me to all that I like best in dear little Napier. Precious spot, the happy happy nights I have spent when with you big brother alone. How is Campbell. I will write to Mrs Campbell.

I have met with two in particular. They are at least an improvement on the "Cork Screw' Miss Lewis is one, you must guess the other.

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Do not forget to bring my dresses. I spent today at Carkeek's. He is an active man and warmly attached to you. Mr Hart looks very fat. I suppose you have met a number of the Auckland dignitaries on their way here.


Yours in haste
Annabella

English (MD)

Saturday
January 14th 1865


My dear Donald

I write very doubtfully not knowing where you are. The judge expects you by the 'Queen' but I do not. Your health is the subject amongst all your friends here which are not few. You are my first & latest thought. It was cruel to let me away so much against my will untill you were at least better. It is of no use sending me abroad for happiness all my happiness is centered in that which I so long longed for and it seems of that I am always to be debarred from [crossed out].

The 'Antiquarry' left today. In a way he wished me to go with him. I miss him tonight. I am alone. Members have called, Mr Dwyer of course the first. The Colonel was meeting me at the wharf and saw me home. I spend tomorrow with them. I am storing up a great many little pleasantries to amuse you but I fear they will be all vanished ere I see you. Mr Judge I expect on Monday to take me out there but I will not go until the Queen comes in. Remember me to all that I like best in dear little Napier. Precious spot, the happy happy nights I have spent when with you big brother alone. How is Campbell. I will write to Mrs Campbell.

I have met with two in particular. They are at least an improvement on the "Cork Screw' Miss Lewis is one, you must guess the other.

Do not forget to bring my dresses. I spent today at Carkeek's. He is an active man and warmly attached to you. Mr Hart looks very fat. I suppose you have met a number of the Auckland dignitaries on their way here.


Yours in haste
Annabella

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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