Object #1013325 from MS-Papers-0032-0814

4 pages written 24 Sep 1857 by Alexander McLean in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Alexander McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0814 (27 digitised items). Letters written from Australia, 1844-1849 and from Hawke's Bay (mainly Maraekakaho), 1857-1859. Includes one letter written by Donald to his brother Archy, 7 Feb 1846. The latter correspondence relates mainly to station matters

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24 September 1857

Port Napier

My dear brother

I have received your letter per Erin and are happy to hear you are in good health since we parted. Thank God I am as well as ever you saw me at present.

I have been hard at work since you left getting your sheep home to your run. I have Captain Carter's sheep on the run and about halfe of them has lambs since.

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I have sold your cattle for five pounds five and bought sheep for the money and they are on the station and lambing fast. I have 500 sheep on the station since you left hear and all young sheep at the lambing. You shall have a hearty crop of lambs this year about 1300. The horses has arrived safely and allso the cattle from Wanganui. Your run is a large one about twenty thousand acres the best run

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in the district. Mr Cooper and me has managed that for you.

I am going to buy 300 acres of your place tomorow as there are a great many sharks going about at present. I am going to act according to my own judgement as regards the purchase of the run and I am satisfied you shall be pleased at what I do. I have made some good bargains in horse flesh

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since. I as I am not a good hand at the pen I shall not trouble you till such times as I se you. In hopes to se you soon or hear from you.


Your ever affectionate brother
Alex McLean

As I am in a hurry you must excuse the scroll but I am glad to tell you all is doing well. Alex McLean

PS If you can buy cheap flour in Auckland send me a ton as I am afraid I can not get the wheat if I don't go and thrash it. Wheat hear is 12 per bushell. In haste. A McLean

English (MD)

24 September 1857

Port Napier

My dear brother

I have received your letter per Erin and are happy to hear you are in good health since we parted. Thank God I am as well as ever you saw me at present.

I have been hard at work since you left getting your sheep home to your run. I have Captain Carter's sheep on the run and about halfe of them has lambs since.

I have sold your cattle for five pounds five and bought sheep for the money and they are on the station and lambing fast. I have 500 sheep on the station since you left hear and all young sheep at the lambing. You shall have a hearty crop of lambs this year about 1300. The horses has arrived safely and allso the cattle from Wanganui. Your run is a large one about twenty thousand acres the best run in the district. Mr Cooper and me has managed that for you.

I am going to buy 300 acres of your place tomorow as there are a great many sharks going about at present. I am going to act according to my own judgement as regards the purchase of the run and I am satisfied you shall be pleased at what I do. I have made some good bargains in horse flesh since. I as I am not a good hand at the pen I shall not trouble you till such times as I se you. In hopes to se you soon or hear from you.


Your ever affectionate brother
Alex McLean

As I am in a hurry you must excuse the scroll but I am glad to tell you all is doing well. Alex McLean

PS If you can buy cheap flour in Auckland send me a ton as I am afraid I can not get the wheat if I don't go and thrash it. Wheat hear is 12 per bushell. In haste. A McLean

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Alexander McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0814 (27 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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