Object #1016495 from MS-Papers-0032-0826

3 pages written by Susan Douglas McLean in Wellington to Sir Donald 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)

Dalmuir Hill
30 July


My dear McLean

I received yours dated 24th July with much pleasure as I was afraid my short epistle might not have reached you as you have been of late such a wanderer in the wilds of New Zealand. I am quite glad to know that although you must have been very much exposed to the inclemency of the weather at times your health has not suffered. I daresay you have been a little annoyed as well as ourselves at being so detained, at least much longer than we anticipated but it is comfortable

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English (MD)

to know that you are in the way to lift in more ways than one. You must not expect me to write a long letter. The truth is I have got nothing to tell you in the way of news and more important matters must be deferred till you come. We are all well. I have got much stronger myself and as we had some fine frosty weather I was able to get out which did me much good but since such horrid weather has set in that I am a prisoner once more. Today the snow is laying thick on the ground and the wind blows so hard and cold with snow, hail and rain alternately and it is

English (MD)

Dalmuir Hill
30 July


My dear McLean

I received yours dated 24th July with much pleasure as I was afraid my short epistle might not have reached you as you have been of late such a wanderer in the wilds of New Zealand. I am quite glad to know that although you must have been very much exposed to the inclemency of the weather at times your health has not suffered. I daresay you have been a little annoyed as well as ourselves at being so detained, at least much longer than we anticipated but it is comfortable to know that you are in the way to lift in more ways than one. You must not expect me to write a long letter. The truth is I have got nothing to tell you in the way of news and more important matters must be deferred till you come. We are all well. I have got much stronger myself and as we had some fine frosty weather I was able to get out which did me much good but since such horrid weather has set in that I am a prisoner once more. Today the snow is laying thick on the ground and the wind blows so hard and cold with snow, hail and rain alternately and it is so cold I can scarcely hold my pen. I trust it may not last long and that it may be the forerunner of fine weather and more certain than it has been of late, but alas! How often are our hopes blighted in this world not only with regard to the winds but in matters in which we are more deeply interested. Susan sends her kind regards, and as I have written she does not consider it requisite to write till you come. I must conclude this hurried letter as the mail closes at three o'clock and it is now half past two. With kindest wishes for you I remain dear McLean


Yours sincerely
Susannah Strang

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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