Object #1010075 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

2 pages written by Sir Donald McLean to Susan Douglas 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

A transcription/translation of this document (by MD) appears below.

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English (MD)


My dear Susan

I should have answered your letter yesterday but I had some idea that you would have spent the evening at Mr Hargreaves so I went up there but of course he did not imagine that I did so on your account. I am glad that Dr Sinclair is going up this evening. You must entertain him the best way you can. If I were even disposed to go up I could not do so tonight having other things to attend to. Probably I shall see you at the Scotch Church tomorrow. Do not annoy yourself

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English (MD)

in the slightest on my account. It is your duty to love and obey your mother and render her declining years as comfortable to her as you can. Probably I shall not leave Wellington so soon as I expected.


Yours very sincerely
Donald McLean

I send this by Papa who feels that if placed in my position he could not go to the house. I will say no more on this at present.

English (MD)


My dear Susan

I should have answered your letter yesterday but I had some idea that you would have spent the evening at Mr Hargreaves so I went up there but of course he did not imagine that I did so on your account. I am glad that Dr Sinclair is going up this evening. You must entertain him the best way you can. If I were even disposed to go up I could not do so tonight having other things to attend to. Probably I shall see you at the Scotch Church tomorrow. Do not annoy yourself in the slightest on my account. It is your duty to love and obey your mother and render her declining years as comfortable to her as you can. Probably I shall not leave Wellington so soon as I expected.


Yours very sincerely
Donald McLean

I send this by Papa who feels that if placed in my position he could not go to the house. I will say no more on this at present.

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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