Object #1012657 from MS-Papers-0032-0816

3 pages written 1 Dec 1874 by Annabella McLean to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816 (50 digitised items). Letters written from Scotland (Edinburgh, Glenorchy Manse, Stranraer) prior to her arrival in New Zealand in Jan 1864 on the Wild Duck; afterwards from Maraekakaho, Napier and Wellington. One letter was written in Sep 1858 during a visit to her sister Flora Ann Conway in North Wales.

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Mon chere frere

How unsatisfactory you do write not a word of news beyond what the papers give. I was very glad to get your last as my ever morbid feelings made me imagine you were under

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some imaginery cloak as I saw you wearing an ill fitting white shirt but I suppose the lack of trousers accounted for it. (I have sent all that were left behind).

Douglas wrote me such an amusing letter by last mail. Mr Hart not recovering as fast as one would like from his last attack of gout. He is very low & feeble. The water is now laid on and what a convenience - but these improvements are all being done with such a sinking of heart not knowing

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but when all is completed an exodus to a cannibal island will be the issue of it all, but time discloses all state secrets however diplomatic they may be.


Yours in haste
Annabella McLean
Dec 1st 74

English (MD)




Mon chere frere

How unsatisfactory you do write not a word of news beyond what the papers give. I was very glad to get your last as my ever morbid feelings made me imagine you were under some imaginery cloak as I saw you wearing an ill fitting white shirt but I suppose the lack of trousers accounted for it. (I have sent all that were left behind).

Douglas wrote me such an amusing letter by last mail. Mr Hart not recovering as fast as one would like from his last attack of gout. He is very low & feeble. The water is now laid on and what a convenience - but these improvements are all being done with such a sinking of heart not knowing but when all is completed an exodus to a cannibal island will be the issue of it all, but time discloses all state secrets however diplomatic they may be.


Yours in haste
Annabella McLean
Dec 1st 74

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816 (50 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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