Object #1010439 from MS-Papers-0032-0826

3 pages written 24 Aug 1850 by Sir Donald McLean in Rangitikei District to Susan Douglas McLean

From: Inward and outward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0826 (43 digitised items). Mainly letters between Susan Strang and her future husband Donald McLean. Includes a letter from her mother Susannah Strang to McLean, 1849; letter from E Shand to Susan Strang, written from Portobello, 1850 in which she gives her impressions of Dunedin

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English (MD)

Rangitikei
24 August 1850


My dear Susan

Your letter of the 16th inst which I received last night has given me more satisfaction than half a dozen of your previous ones put together. When writing to you by Mr Hickson I was rather disappointed at not hearing from you by the previous mail and at the time I thought of starting so far inland that I might not hear from or of you for two or three weeks. Such however has not been the

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English (MD)

case. Circumstances delayed my interior trip and I heard of your dance at Govt. House before the receipt of you letter which gave me the first intelligence of Mrs Kelham's report which is of little or no importance beyond a future caution. I am glad you enjoyed the party at Govt. House. It must have been even more agreeable than if all who were invited had attended.

Rollin's history will do very well so I will not tease you for more information on that head but of course that history should be followed up by more modern works. Allison's history of Europe will no doubt please you as you have a taste for history.

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I will endeavour to get to Wellington soon but can assure you that I have my hands full of work at present so much so that I cannot write to you as I would wish today. If possible however you shall hear from me by next overland mail. I spent a delightful quiet day at Mr Duncan's of Manawatu yesterday. It is a sweet little clean comfortable cottage. From some little hint I have had I fancy you must at last have finished Mrs Durie's collar. Good bye puss. Be a good girl and believe me to remain


Always yours affectionately
Donald McLean

English (MD)

Rangitikei
24 August 1850


My dear Susan

Your letter of the 16th inst which I received last night has given me more satisfaction than half a dozen of your previous ones put together. When writing to you by Mr Hickson I was rather disappointed at not hearing from you by the previous mail and at the time I thought of starting so far inland that I might not hear from or of you for two or three weeks. Such however has not been the case. Circumstances delayed my interior trip and I heard of your dance at Govt. House before the receipt of you letter which gave me the first intelligence of Mrs Kelham's report which is of little or no importance beyond a future caution. I am glad you enjoyed the party at Govt. House. It must have been even more agreeable than if all who were invited had attended.

Rollin's history will do very well so I will not tease you for more information on that head but of course that history should be followed up by more modern works. Allison's history of Europe will no doubt please you as you have a taste for history. I will endeavour to get to Wellington soon but can assure you that I have my hands full of work at present so much so that I cannot write to you as I would wish today. If possible however you shall hear from me by next overland mail. I spent a delightful quiet day at Mr Duncan's of Manawatu yesterday. It is a sweet little clean comfortable cottage. From some little hint I have had I fancy you must at last have finished Mrs Durie's collar. Good bye puss. Be a good girl and believe me to remain


Always yours affectionately
Donald McLean

Part of:
Inward and outward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0826 (43 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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