Object #1008887 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

3 pages written by 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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You will consider me most inattentive in not having answered your note of this morning sooner. The fact is I could not get a moment to do so. Moreover till I thought of going to the Stevenson's I intended to spend the evening with you, therefore forgive this neglect as well as my going to Barney's

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last night. I ought not to have done so but I promised.

As Dr Sinclair leaves so soon it does not require so much haste but I feel that the sooner we get settled the better. On Thursday afternoon I will be better able to fix the time and shall see Mamma and Papa on the subject if possible on or before that time. Is it not as well that you should be preparing at any rate? I ordered my boots today and saw the improvements required about the house. I shall soon take a ride to the Hutt. Good night pet and believe me always to be your affectionate


Donald McLean

Tuesday evening 7 pm. How

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late to go to the Stevenson's. I am afraid you will be teazed about receiving this note but as Papa is out I cannot address it to him. The boy will give it to Kitty who may have the sense to hand it to you instead of Mamma or Mr H of whose house & china we take admirable care.

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You will consider me most inattentive in not having answered your note of this morning sooner. The fact is I could not get a moment to do so. Moreover till I thought of going to the Stevenson's I intended to spend the evening with you, therefore forgive this neglect as well as my going to Barney's last night. I ought not to have done so but I promised.

As Dr Sinclair leaves so soon it does not require so much haste but I feel that the sooner we get settled the better. On Thursday afternoon I will be better able to fix the time and shall see Mamma and Papa on the subject if possible on or before that time. Is it not as well that you should be preparing at any rate? I ordered my boots today and saw the improvements required about the house. I shall soon take a ride to the Hutt. Good night pet and believe me always to be your affectionate


Donald McLean

Tuesday evening 7 pm. How late to go to the Stevenson's. I am afraid you will be teazed about receiving this note but as Papa is out I cannot address it to him. The boy will give it to Kitty who may have the sense to hand it to you instead of Mamma or Mr H of whose house & china we take admirable care.

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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