Object #1008371 from MS-Papers-0032-0649

5 pages written 18 Sep 1851 by Dr Peter Wilson to Sir Donald McLean in Te Henui

From: Inward letters - Dr Peter Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0649 (71 digitised items). 68 letters written from Wanganui and Taranaki, 1847-1854

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Letter from P. Wilson, to
Donald McLean, dated 18th. September 1851.

COPY. Henui, 18th. September 1851.


My dear Mac.,

Your short note of the 27th. ult. to your mother, enclosed in my hat-box, came forward not quite in due order; but as if to make us all believe that a newspaper notice was all your friends here were to obtain of your marriage. The fact was that we were all prepared to hear of the joyful event, by the correspondence of Mrs. Gossett (?) and others, some time previously; but now that both letters and papers testified that the deed was done, and yet not a line from you to confirm it, rather surprised us; for you must understand that the hat-box containing your announcement, was not heard of, or delivered till two days after the vessel's arrival. Hence the dilemma.

And heartily, my good fellow, do we wish you all joy on the occasion; and a long continuance of matrimonial happiness besides; and to you both we offer this our ----- (?) epithalamy, with all the devotion of your sincerest well-wishers, and friends; only remember that in future when you have any really important news to communicate, send it by post, and not in a hat-box.

As usual you leave us all in the dark as to your hereafter,- whether to be at Wellington or here; and reports are rife enough that you are to be located in both places. I have not seen Cutfield since his return, to ascertain his opinion on the subject; but likely shall to-day; as I understand he is at Brooklands, and we have a Bench to-day, at which he may attend.

We are all going on here much as usual. Our weather for the last two months has been more showery than usual; but it has not hindered our agriculture, nor injured the crops.

I do not think we have any local news of importance; except that of late the report, based on what I cannot say, that Wm. Halse is to supercede the old Captain as R.M. I care little who it is; but I confess I am really very tired of the old man in his Official capacity; for in point of fact, he is beneficially, nothing more than sub-treasurer; while as R.M. he is infinitely worse than nobody; so given is he to partisanship, and so injuriously under the influence of Standish.

I have no time to add more at present; as I am just called to Hospital; so with our kindest congratulations and regards to Mrs. Mac. and yourself, believe me ever


Very sincerely yours, (Signed)
P. Wilson.

Part of:
Inward letters - Dr Peter Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0649 (71 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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