Object #1011001 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

3 pages written 16 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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English (MD)




My dearest Douglas

I have written to you by several opportunities this week and I shall write you again by the 'Eclair' and very soon I shall go back myself to my pussy. I am busy today and shall not write you a long letter in fact I must conclude even now as I am surrounded with people crossing and looking over my shoulder. There are two letters for you or three

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English (MD)

by the Hunter's messenger who started an hour ago and may reach you before this mail.

Give my kind love to Papa and believe me to remain ever your own devoted


Donald McLean
Taranaki
Augt 16 1852

Do not be angry at this very short hurried letter. It is better than none pussy. I always like to write if it is only 3 lines.

English (MD)




My dearest Douglas

I have written to you by several opportunities this week and I shall write you again by the 'Eclair' and very soon I shall go back myself to my pussy. I am busy today and shall not write you a long letter in fact I must conclude even now as I am surrounded with people crossing and looking over my shoulder. There are two letters for you or three by the Hunter's messenger who started an hour ago and may reach you before this mail.

Give my kind love to Papa and believe me to remain ever your own devoted


Donald McLean
Taranaki
Augt 16 1852

Do not be angry at this very short hurried letter. It is better than none pussy. I always like to write if it is only 3 lines.

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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