Object #1016045 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

3 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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English (MD)

Taranaki
18 Augt 1852


My own dearest Douglas

A small vessel, the 'Eclare', is in sight and before sitting down to breakfast I must send you a few lines.

Yesterday I went out to see some of the old and new settlers in the neighbourhood of my little farm and they all seemed so pleased especially the old ones to see me back amongst them again. Every

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English (MD)

one pressed me more than the other to partake of tea, home brewed ale, milk and other simple fare of their farms which I prefer to all your artificial luxuries of Wellington. Here you have fresh honey, fresh butter, good bread and every thing you can wish for in a plain way. A native is talking while I am writing, two vessels, I should say three, are in sight. I am certain to hear from my puss today.

The weather is clearing up after some rain. I must work hard, pay some visits and do my best to leave here in a week but I shall if spared to it come back again with puss to see the place where her Donald has spent so many years.

I trust you have the same fine weather at Wellington that we have here and that you continue to enjoy it. My anxiety to hear from you and of you by every opportunity increases daily. Some of the ladies here say that I am not on your account to delay long at Taranaki neither do I feel disposed to do so. Goodbye my own pet.


Ever yours
Donald McLean

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I was going to write another letter but I find the mail is closed. I must try to send this by private hand. Ever your own devoted Donald

English (MD)

Taranaki
18 Augt 1852


My own dearest Douglas

A small vessel, the 'Eclare', is in sight and before sitting down to breakfast I must send you a few lines.

Yesterday I went out to see some of the old and new settlers in the neighbourhood of my little farm and they all seemed so pleased especially the old ones to see me back amongst them again. Every one pressed me more than the other to partake of tea, home brewed ale, milk and other simple fare of their farms which I prefer to all your artificial luxuries of Wellington. Here you have fresh honey, fresh butter, good bread and every thing you can wish for in a plain way. A native is talking while I am writing, two vessels, I should say three, are in sight. I am certain to hear from my puss today.

The weather is clearing up after some rain. I must work hard, pay some visits and do my best to leave here in a week but I shall if spared to it come back again with puss to see the place where her Donald has spent so many years.

I trust you have the same fine weather at Wellington that we have here and that you continue to enjoy it. My anxiety to hear from you and of you by every opportunity increases daily. Some of the ladies here say that I am not on your account to delay long at Taranaki neither do I feel disposed to do so. Goodbye my own pet.


Ever yours
Donald McLean

I was going to write another letter but I find the mail is closed. I must try to send this by private hand. Ever your own devoted Donald

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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