Object #1010301 from MS-Papers-0032-0811

6 pages written by Catherine Isabella McLean 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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August 29th


My dear Donald

Notwithstanding my great wish to see you and my dear little nephew I think that I must not take advantage of your kind wish at this time. Trusting that I may have the happiness of seeing you and Douglas here

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before long and then if you still wish me to go up with you I will be very glad to do so. Catherine & I get on remarkably well and dearest Archy is as he allways was, full of affection and kindness to his "own" people. He is very busy just now with his garden. I do hope that the "trees" will do well for he is taking a great deal of trouble with them. I do hope that you will be able to come when the garden is in first bloom. I know that you will be pleased with it. We are getting a small flower garden made in front

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of the house for Catherine and myself to work in. I wish that you would allow Douglas to come here with Alex. The change will do him good & there is plenty of time for his education. We shall take every care of him. I shall miss dear Alex very much. I hope that he will not be long away.

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He is very kind to me and I am very fond of him. I have not heard from Annabella by the last 2 mails which I think very strange. I wish that you would be so good as send me her last letter to you if you can conveniently get at it. Good kind M Strang was so glad to see us. He was looking remarkably well.

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Still talking of coming up here but I fear it will end in "talk". He had just a girl of 14 in the house which I think very unwise in the event of anything being the matter with him. I hope that you will accept of the slippers which I braided for you and that they will be large enough. Alex will give you all the news.

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With my love to Douglas & yourself.


I am ever your affectionate sister
Catherine Maclean

English (MD)

August 29th


My dear Donald

Notwithstanding my great wish to see you and my dear little nephew I think that I must not take advantage of your kind wish at this time. Trusting that I may have the happiness of seeing you and Douglas here before long and then if you still wish me to go up with you I will be very glad to do so. Catherine & I get on remarkably well and dearest Archy is as he allways was, full of affection and kindness to his "own" people. He is very busy just now with his garden. I do hope that the "trees" will do well for he is taking a great deal of trouble with them. I do hope that you will be able to come when the garden is in first bloom. I know that you will be pleased with it. We are getting a small flower garden made in front of the house for Catherine and myself to work in. I wish that you would allow Douglas to come here with Alex. The change will do him good & there is plenty of time for his education. We shall take every care of him. I shall miss dear Alex very much. I hope that he will not be long away. He is very kind to me and I am very fond of him. I have not heard from Annabella by the last 2 mails which I think very strange. I wish that you would be so good as send me her last letter to you if you can conveniently get at it. Good kind M Strang was so glad to see us. He was looking remarkably well. Still talking of coming up here but I fear it will end in "talk". He had just a girl of 14 in the house which I think very unwise in the event of anything being the matter with him. I hope that you will accept of the slippers which I braided for you and that they will be large enough. Alex will give you all the news.

With my love to Douglas & yourself.


I am ever your affectionate sister
Catherine Maclean

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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