Object #1009282 from MS-Papers-0032-0816A

12 pages written by Annabella McLean in Wellington 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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Wellington
26th Feby


Mon chere frere

There is no choice as regards a house beyond taking Hall's house or keeping this same one. The one on the Karori Road is not now to be let this year and

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if it were it comes far short of suiting your purposes. Small pigeon holes of rooms, low in the ceiling, altogether unfit for you except the situation and that was very tempting. As an instance of how scarce houses are Smith who owned the house found he would not get a place to suit himself nor could he get tradespeople to build at this time so much Gov. work going on. My private opinion is entirely against taking Fox's house

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but you could not remain here another winter when you have the option of so suitable a residence with every convenience. Kentish McLean told me Mr O'Rorke wants this house. If so I shall take care that your

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interests are not compromised. If he wants the furniture he must buy it, if not there is plenty of room in the Fox's house to store all the best of it. The rest can easily be disposed of to advantage.

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but all business transactions I shall leave to Kentish. Your friends are most anxious for you to take Fox's house. It is in every respect the most suitable, besides it leaves you unburdened by long leases etc etc. I would like to keep the chairs & couch also the furniture in your bedroom. They would be so suitable for the station as you are likely to make periodical visits there but if O'Rorke

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takes them at a proper valuation I suppose they had better go. If O'Rorke wishes to come here soon I suppose he will have to get the house but if not it would be better to take Hall's house only a short time

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before the Session just merely in time to have it ready for your return as it is more economical being here for the present purpose. Douglas is getting on well. Somehow I think he will

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yet get a decided taste for the law. He is unquestionably improved since going to the office. He respects Mr Hart I think next to old â??Tollyâ??. There has been no lack of amusements lately. He has enjoyed them moderately. He was sorry to see Lady Bowen's ball so thinly attended. At all times he does his duty to society gentlemanly & well. There are to be a week's holiday. He has a wish for a trip to Auckland. I do not discourage

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it as I think it would do him good. Jessie is still here. Danolie is a fine boy. I think I like Johny quite as well. Poor Jessie she is very inexperienced. She told me she wrote you but is sorry now she did

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so, as she fears giving you any trouble. Hart & Kate are most kind to her. She is very thin but looks well and very interesting. It makes me sorrowful every time I see her. She is most grateful as

English (MD)

Wellington
26th Feby


Mon chere frere

There is no choice as regards a house beyond taking Hall's house or keeping this same one. The one on the Karori Road is not now to be let this year and if it were it comes far short of suiting your purposes. Small pigeon holes of rooms, low in the ceiling, altogether unfit for you except the situation and that was very tempting. As an instance of how scarce houses are Smith who owned the house found he would not get a place to suit himself nor could he get tradespeople to build at this time so much Gov. work going on. My private opinion is entirely against taking Fox's house but you could not remain here another winter when you have the option of so suitable a residence with every convenience. Kentish McLean told me Mr O'Rorke wants this house. If so I shall take care that your interests are not compromised. If he wants the furniture he must buy it, if not there is plenty of room in the Fox's house to store all the best of it. The rest can easily be disposed of to advantage. but all business transactions I shall leave to Kentish. Your friends are most anxious for you to take Fox's house. It is in every respect the most suitable, besides it leaves you unburdened by long leases etc etc. I would like to keep the chairs & couch also the furniture in your bedroom. They would be so suitable for the station as you are likely to make periodical visits there but if O'Rorke takes them at a proper valuation I suppose they had better go. If O'Rorke wishes to come here soon I suppose he will have to get the house but if not it would be better to take Hall's house only a short time before the Session just merely in time to have it ready for your return as it is more economical being here for the present purpose. Douglas is getting on well. Somehow I think he will yet get a decided taste for the law. He is unquestionably improved since going to the office. He respects Mr Hart I think next to old â??Tollyâ??. There has been no lack of amusements lately. He has enjoyed them moderately. He was sorry to see Lady Bowen's ball so thinly attended. At all times he does his duty to society gentlemanly & well. There are to be a week's holiday. He has a wish for a trip to Auckland. I do not discourage it as I think it would do him good. Jessie is still here. Danolie is a fine boy. I think I like Johny quite as well. Poor Jessie she is very inexperienced. She told me she wrote you but is sorry now she did so, as she fears giving you any trouble. Hart & Kate are most kind to her. She is very thin but looks well and very interesting. It makes me sorrowful every time I see her. She is most grateful as regards Johny. Little did I think he was going home to take trouble amongst the little ones. Hope you have got comfortable quarters and that you have now a little leisure. Mr & Mrs Fox arrived here last night. I do not know whose guests they are. Miss Vogel and children were here yesterday. Charlie O'Neil & sister called on Saturday. Matters political are somewhat stagnant. Had a capital dream about poor Alick. Was without a servant for a fortnight but have got a nice girl that was housemaid with Mrs Fox last Session. I hear there is a commotion at Government House about expenses.


In haste
Annabella McLean

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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