Object #1010617 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

4 pages written 18 Aug 1852 by Sir Donald McLean in Taranaki Region 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

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Taranaki
18 Augt 1852


My own pet

I have just received your own and Papa's letters by the 'Kawai'. I feel vexed for the toothache that annoys you but you have too much Highland spirit to lose temper for such trifles.

I wrote you in the morning I have nothing to add but I could not have the heart to enclose a fresh packet for Papa without sending a few lines to you little treasure. I am not displeased at your working. I am glad that you are

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able to sew and I consider idleness a great evil as well as a sure precursor of want. We must therefore be as industrious each in our proper departments as we can.

This place looks quite lively with large and small vessels. Dr Sinclair sends you his kind regards. There are several enquiries for you and when you are expected to visit this place. As the wife of a public officer many eyes will be turned upon you and it requires great discretion and prudence on your part to merit general esteem. You should certainly write to Mrs

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Wilson. You have no excuse for not doing so. Tell her to hurry me back to scold me, to see that I dress neatly, etc etc etc.

I must reluctantly my own dearest conclude for the present and I am ever your own devoted and affectionate husband


Donald McLean

Remember me to Jessie. Tell her I am looking out for a husband for her but I cannot get a Highlander. Give my regards also to Miss Hart, the Miss Hunters and Pauls. Mrs Featherston if you see her.

English (MD)

Taranaki
18 Augt 1852


My own pet

I have just received your own and Papa's letters by the 'Kawai'. I feel vexed for the toothache that annoys you but you have too much Highland spirit to lose temper for such trifles.

I wrote you in the morning I have nothing to add but I could not have the heart to enclose a fresh packet for Papa without sending a few lines to you little treasure. I am not displeased at your working. I am glad that you are able to sew and I consider idleness a great evil as well as a sure precursor of want. We must therefore be as industrious each in our proper departments as we can.

This place looks quite lively with large and small vessels. Dr Sinclair sends you his kind regards. There are several enquiries for you and when you are expected to visit this place. As the wife of a public officer many eyes will be turned upon you and it requires great discretion and prudence on your part to merit general esteem. You should certainly write to Mrs Wilson. You have no excuse for not doing so. Tell her to hurry me back to scold me, to see that I dress neatly, etc etc etc.

I must reluctantly my own dearest conclude for the present and I am ever your own devoted and affectionate husband


Donald McLean

Remember me to Jessie. Tell her I am looking out for a husband for her but I cannot get a Highlander. Give my regards also to Miss Hart, the Miss Hunters and Pauls. Mrs Featherston if you see her.

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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