Object #1008655 from MS-Papers-0032-0816A

6 pages written by Annabella McLean in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816A (23 digitised items). Letters to `Mon chere frere', undated except for day and month, written from Napier and Hobson Street, Wellington. One letter is addressed from The Cottage [Maraekakaho]

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Mon chere frere

The excitement here was unbound on receipt of the news of the defeat. The enthusiasm has not died a natural death yet. Most amusing incidents have taken place at the Spit. Champagne

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going at an immoderate rate everywhere. They were most uproarious. Saw Colonel Russell. His allusions to the subject were so pleasant & kind. The Bishop is greatly rejoiced. He is at all times so kind to me. Called here several times. Got your letter by Mr Ormond. It gives great satisfaction. His appointment here at present also. Major Green being reinstated. Been so overcome since hearing from you yesterday. It is the first announcement

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of many changes which are inevitable. Another will reign here. The house that you have been so happy in will be given to strangers. The Hart and St Kilda will be your abode now. You will be so engrossed with work that one

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will never see you. Everything looks as if it were to be turned upside down. Much rather have seen the Heiress than all this but as long as you are well I must be content even if I should be banished from seeing you.

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What a field of labour you have before you. It seems too momentous but not more than you are equal for with the wonderful way you have of mustering difficulties. The greater they are the more easy they seem to you to over come. Kate never gives me a word of news. I suppose you cannot be up till the Session is over. Saw Mr Condie. They were all well at the station. Mrs Smith is so ill. Fannin & Scully so attentive. Saw

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Kennedy at church. Evidently so happy at the result. Yours in haste.



Annabella McLean
Friday morning
Napier July 2nd

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Mon chere frere

The excitement here was unbound on receipt of the news of the defeat. The enthusiasm has not died a natural death yet. Most amusing incidents have taken place at the Spit. Champagne going at an immoderate rate everywhere. They were most uproarious. Saw Colonel Russell. His allusions to the subject were so pleasant & kind. The Bishop is greatly rejoiced. He is at all times so kind to me. Called here several times. Got your letter by Mr Ormond. It gives great satisfaction. His appointment here at present also. Major Green being reinstated. Been so overcome since hearing from you yesterday. It is the first announcement of many changes which are inevitable. Another will reign here. The house that you have been so happy in will be given to strangers. The Hart and St Kilda will be your abode now. You will be so engrossed with work that one will never see you. Everything looks as if it were to be turned upside down. Much rather have seen the Heiress than all this but as long as you are well I must be content even if I should be banished from seeing you. What a field of labour you have before you. It seems too momentous but not more than you are equal for with the wonderful way you have of mustering difficulties. The greater they are the more easy they seem to you to over come. Kate never gives me a word of news. I suppose you cannot be up till the Session is over. Saw Mr Condie. They were all well at the station. Mrs Smith is so ill. Fannin & Scully so attentive. Saw Kennedy at church. Evidently so happy at the result. Yours in haste.



Annabella McLean
Friday morning
Napier July 2nd

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816A (23 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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