Object #1009966 from MS-Papers-0032-0811

3 pages written by Catherine Hart in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Catherine Hart (sister); Catherine Isabella McLean (sister-in-law), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0811 (71 digitised items). Catherine McLean (later Hart) wrote from Stobs Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire and from Edinburgh, Scotland prior to her arrival in New Zealand in 1861, and from Wellington, Hawke's Bay and Christchurch, 1861-1875, including many undated letters and fragments. The folder contains 9 letters written by Catherine Isabella McLean, from Maraekakaho and Glenorchy, Hawke's Bay, 1861-1875.Includes one letter written by Annabella McLean from Edinburgh in Nov 1862

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Napier
March 29th


My dear Donald

I have heard from John Alexander Smith that you were looking tired and worn out at Auckland and now I fear your prolonged stay with those people on the coast is really too much of a good thing and you will have no rest when you get back. It will be

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to near the Session. I am going home on Saturday in the [Benefecteen?]. I did intend going last week but did not feel well enough to go. Dr Hitchings is attending upon me & he seems to think that it is not bronchitis but some kind of cheste affection brought on by cold. No doubt I am feeling much better up here but the weather has been so fine ever since I came that that may account for it. I am quite afraid to go back to Wellington. Mr Hart says that Douglas was most attentive to him during his atack of gout. Archy has been suffering from lumbago and rheumatism. I was anxious for him to go to Tapou, however I am sorry to say that he has been very bad in his "Cups" lately and really it

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affects his brain so much that is not safe to be near him. Poor fellow I do think bigg [?] Kate has a great deal to contend with. Let me have a word from you before I go home. I met with an accident in getting out of the dog cart. Sprained my ancle. If you go to the station do not use the white horse for he bucks & is not safe.


Your aff. sister
Catherine Hart

English (MD)

Napier
March 29th


My dear Donald

I have heard from John Alexander Smith that you were looking tired and worn out at Auckland and now I fear your prolonged stay with those people on the coast is really too much of a good thing and you will have no rest when you get back. It will be to near the Session. I am going home on Saturday in the [Benefecteen?]. I did intend going last week but did not feel well enough to go. Dr Hitchings is attending upon me & he seems to think that it is not bronchitis but some kind of cheste affection brought on by cold. No doubt I am feeling much better up here but the weather has been so fine ever since I came that that may account for it. I am quite afraid to go back to Wellington. Mr Hart says that Douglas was most attentive to him during his atack of gout. Archy has been suffering from lumbago and rheumatism. I was anxious for him to go to Tapou, however I am sorry to say that he has been very bad in his "Cups" lately and really itaffects his brain so much that is not safe to be near him. Poor fellow I do think bigg [?] Kate has a great deal to contend with. Let me have a word from you before I go home. I met with an accident in getting out of the dog cart. Sprained my ancle. If you go to the station do not use the white horse for he bucks & is not safe.


Your aff. sister
Catherine Hart

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Catherine Hart (sister); Catherine Isabella McLean (sister-in-law), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0811 (71 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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