Object #1010137 from MS-Papers-0032-0811

9 pages written 23 Jan 1861 by Catherine Isabella McLean in Wellington

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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Wellington
January 23rd/61


My dear brother

I know that you will be glad to hear that Catherine & myself arrived here in safty on the 14th inst after a very pleasant and prosperious voyage of 15 weeks. We had a very nice party

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in the cuddie and amongst the rest was Mrs Johnstone and family with whom we got very friendly. I suppose that you had letters from home by the last mail telling you all about my leaving and I am very glad indeed that I have done so for I have not felt so strong for years as I do at the present time. The voyage has done me a great deal of good. Poor Catherine was ill the whole way, and it was well for her that I was with her. Good kind Mr Strang is exceedingly kind to us and very

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unwilling to part with us but the steamer goes to Napier on Monday & C is anxious to get to her "good man" as soon as possible & more than that we are very unwilling to put him to the expence of coming here as this is a busy season at the station.

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My dear Annabella gave me up without a grudge as she hoped it was for my good but I shall never feel happy untill I get her out. Capt McDonald kindly paid my passage for me & greatly recommended recommended me to come.

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A number of yr friends has called upon us & we have been asked out a good deal. I think that Mr Strang seems very pleased with us both & as for Cath she could grace the Queen of England's drawing room. I have had such glowing accounts

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of my darling little nephew, not only from his grandpapa but from all who knows him that I feel quite longing to see him & I hope that I shall have the pleasure very soon of seeing you "both" at the station. Mr Strang says that it is yr intention to go there soon as you can get away. I am thankful to hear that John is so prosperous & no doubt you know that he has got a young daughter. Mr Strang speaks highly of his wife & I hope ere long to see them.

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I paid a visit of 2 days to Flora Ann on my way to London. I left her well in health but very much cut up at my departure. She has too pretty children. Mr Strang has just sent up for my letter so I must refuse all news till we meet

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which I hope in the good providence of God shall not be long. Give my dear little boy my love & a kiss from his reial Aunt all the way from Scotland.


Catherine joins me in love to you & in haste I am ever yr attached sister
Catherine McLean

P.S. Mrs Fraser desires me to tell you that Mr Strang has got quite young again since we came & that she thinks all the widdows are to be laid aside.

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I am well acquainted with his old flame Mrs Gordon in Edinburgh.

Write me soon
Catherine

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Wellington
January 23rd/61


My dear brother

I know that you will be glad to hear that Catherine & myself arrived here in safty on the 14th inst after a very pleasant and prosperious voyage of 15 weeks. We had a very nice party in the cuddie and amongst the rest was Mrs Johnstone and family with whom we got very friendly. I suppose that you had letters from home by the last mail telling you all about my leaving and I am very glad indeed that I have done so for I have not felt so strong for years as I do at the present time. The voyage has done me a great deal of good. Poor Catherine was ill the whole way, and it was well for her that I was with her. Good kind Mr Strang is exceedingly kind to us and very unwilling to part with us but the steamer goes to Napier on Monday & C is anxious to get to her "good man" as soon as possible & more than that we are very unwilling to put him to the expence of coming here as this is a busy season at the station.

My dear Annabella gave me up without a grudge as she hoped it was for my good but I shall never feel happy untill I get her out. Capt McDonald kindly paid my passage for me & greatly recommended recommended me to come.

A number of yr friends has called upon us & we have been asked out a good deal. I think that Mr Strang seems very pleased with us both & as for Cath she could grace the Queen of England's drawing room. I have had such glowing accounts of my darling little nephew, not only from his grandpapa but from all who knows him that I feel quite longing to see him & I hope that I shall have the pleasure very soon of seeing you "both" at the station. Mr Strang says that it is yr intention to go there soon as you can get away. I am thankful to hear that John is so prosperous & no doubt you know that he has got a young daughter. Mr Strang speaks highly of his wife & I hope ere long to see them.

I paid a visit of 2 days to Flora Ann on my way to London. I left her well in health but very much cut up at my departure. She has too pretty children. Mr Strang has just sent up for my letter so I must refuse all news till we meet which I hope in the good providence of God shall not be long. Give my dear little boy my love & a kiss from his reial Aunt all the way from Scotland.


Catherine joins me in love to you & in haste I am ever yr attached sister
Catherine McLean

P.S. Mrs Fraser desires me to tell you that Mr Strang has got quite young again since we came & that she thinks all the widdows are to be laid aside.

I am well acquainted with his old flame Mrs Gordon in Edinburgh.

Write me soon
Catherine

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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