Object #1012624 from MS-Papers-0032-0826

4 pages written 5 Oct 1850 by Sir Donald McLean in Wanganui 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)

Whanganui
5 Octr 1850


My dear Susan

A short letter is better than none especially when I am writing to a sensible young lady that approves of my finishing my duties before I go to Wellington so as to have more spare time when I get there.

I am glad you enjoyed the late dance so much. Miss Lewis no doubt looked very amiable and pleasing. You need not be in any way jealous of my attentions.

What a strange coincidence our being both similarly engaged

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that lovely Tuesday morning.

This is one of my busy packing days. The men are now waiting for orders to start and they would not bless you did they know the cause of detention, however you must have compassion on them as they have a journey before them and allow me my dear Douglas to bid you good bye! Did I write you a cross letter last week. I was in a rather a bad temper about something when writing?

Be a good girl. Give up your lazy habits, they will not add to your health & happiness.

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So my pussy you must fully resolve to abandon them. Above all things adopt some uniform system or plan to regulate your proceedings otherwise you will always be pushed for time.

I guess you have not done much in the reading way lately and I cannot conceive why, if you assisted Mamma during the day, you should not be able to sleep till 1 or 2 in the morning. Exercise will cure all this indisposition but I fear Papa & Mamma indulge you rather too much my lady so I must look after you a little strict myself. Good bye again puss & believe me to remain yours



Donald McLean

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If you can read this letter I can feel satisfied that your eyesight is not impaired. What progress have you made with Rankins, Popes & Rollin?

English (MD)

Whanganui
5 Octr 1850


My dear Susan

A short letter is better than none especially when I am writing to a sensible young lady that approves of my finishing my duties before I go to Wellington so as to have more spare time when I get there.

I am glad you enjoyed the late dance so much. Miss Lewis no doubt looked very amiable and pleasing. You need not be in any way jealous of my attentions.

What a strange coincidence our being both similarly engaged that lovely Tuesday morning.

This is one of my busy packing days. The men are now waiting for orders to start and they would not bless you did they know the cause of detention, however you must have compassion on them as they have a journey before them and allow me my dear Douglas to bid you good bye! Did I write you a cross letter last week. I was in a rather a bad temper about something when writing?

Be a good girl. Give up your lazy habits, they will not add to your health & happiness. So my pussy you must fully resolve to abandon them. Above all things adopt some uniform system or plan to regulate your proceedings otherwise you will always be pushed for time.

I guess you have not done much in the reading way lately and I cannot conceive why, if you assisted Mamma during the day, you should not be able to sleep till 1 or 2 in the morning. Exercise will cure all this indisposition but I fear Papa & Mamma indulge you rather too much my lady so I must look after you a little strict myself. Good bye again puss & believe me to remain yours



Donald McLean

If you can read this letter I can feel satisfied that your eyesight is not impaired. What progress have you made with Rankins, Popes & Rollin?

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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