Object #1008538 from MS-Papers-0032-0816

7 pages written 3 Jul 1871 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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Mon chere frere

It seems some time since one had an opportunity of writing. Got your letter from the station also your telegram on arrival at Napier. All of which I was so glad off. We

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have had such dull depressing weather but today is bright. Hope it may continue.

Spent yesterday (after church) with Mr Strang. He was in great spirits. Had a letter from Mrs Gordon. Wonderfully affectionate. Heard from Kate from Honolulu. They had a pleasant passage which occupied a fortnight & two days from here. Went with Mr & Mrs Fox to a missionary meeting last Monday. Mr F. chairman said a little, not much. He evidently is

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very proud of the favourable state of the country and other little matters. These are things one feels inclined to say little about when one's heart is full of gratitude. Was so thankful to hear Alick was keeping well. Somehow it gives

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confidence that things will go right as long as he keeps even moderately well. Mr Kinross talks of returning to Napier by first opportunity. Dr Grace called and asked if I would ask Mr Maxwell

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for a change. He said it would be a charity to do to Mrs Moorhouse & children. Spent the day here last week. Mrs & Miss Bell called. They were charmed with photographs of home that are on the wall. Strangers admire this place much. A rumour that you were expected in the Luna last week. Will write again tomorrow if steamer goes.


Yours in haste
Annabella McLean

Monday July 3rd [1871]

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Mon chere frere

It seems some time since one had an opportunity of writing. Got your letter from the station also your telegram on arrival at Napier. All of which I was so glad off. We have had such dull depressing weather but today is bright. Hope it may continue.

Spent yesterday (after church) with Mr Strang. He was in great spirits. Had a letter from Mrs Gordon. Wonderfully affectionate. Heard from Kate from Honolulu. They had a pleasant passage which occupied a fortnight & two days from here. Went with Mr & Mrs Fox to a missionary meeting last Monday. Mr F. chairman said a little, not much. He evidently is very proud of the favourable state of the country and other little matters. These are things one feels inclined to say little about when one's heart is full of gratitude. Was so thankful to hear Alick was keeping well. Somehow it gives confidence that things will go right as long as he keeps even moderately well. Mr Kinross talks of returning to Napier by first opportunity. Dr Grace called and asked if I would ask Mr Maxwell for a change. He said it would be a charity to do to Mrs Moorhouse & children. Spent the day here last week. Mrs & Miss Bell called. They were charmed with photographs of home that are on the wall. Strangers admire this place much. A rumour that you were expected in the Luna last week. Will write again tomorrow if steamer goes.


Yours in haste
Annabella McLean

Monday July 3rd [1871]

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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