Object #1016820 from MS-Papers-0032-0818

5 pages written 23 Jun 1863 by Archibald John McLean in Glenorchy to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Archibald John McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0818 (112 digitised items). Letters written from Maraekakaho, Warleigh, Doonside and Glenorchy about station matters and family news.Letter dated 24 Oct 1874 recounts the McLean family's lineage and gives dates of birth for family members

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23 June 1863

Glenorchy

My dear Donald

I hear you are to be up soon and I am very glade for I am longing very much to see you. We can gave you plenty of good pork and first rate homemade ale. Do you know that every time I oppen a bottle of it I wish you had share of it. I tell Kate that she must send you some down when the butter goes and the weather is settled. I am thankful to say that my arm is fast improving. I can use the spade now. I am planting a good deal of shelter all round.

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I am very much obliged to you for sending me the land purchase correspondence. It gaves me a great pleasure to see all your former work. Tell my dear little Douglas that Tom and I killed at the fut of Benloment, where he burned a patch, there no less than 21 pigs five days ago, young and old in a few hours and we took three good ones home. He will be pleased to here that news. His aunt misses him very much. She will send him a nice cheese the first time the cart goes down. I am glade that you and poor Kate is getting on so well together but I think you are very gay. Almost two gay. I am certainly pleased that Cameron is doing some good among the natives. It adds a little more to our national pride. I make no doubt but you will do your part at Napier. I have had some very heavey dreams last week. I wish I saw you to see what you think of one of them in particular. McKenzie I find is very attentive and so is Big John. They are both up here, out at day light and not home till dark night. I am quite happy now that I can work. I broak in one of your

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heifer which I think will be a fare milker. I have not seen Campbell since he came back but I was down seeing Mrs Campbell on Saturday and took them a sheep. Alex was up here last week and brought me two very wild cows but I will soon tame them. I supose you were gaving him a talking about them or he would not have done so. Poor fellow he is at the Kerreru bush and I have not heard of his return. It will be all correct for Baker to take the post office, that is just as I wanted it. Do try and come up and spend one Sunday with us. I know very well that you are kept very busy from what I hear but for all that you might

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spare Saturday, Sunday & Monday. I long to see you. I feel very thankful for your attention to me after my arm was dislocated. I saw more of your nature then than ever. I am sure you will be good to poor Kate. She is quite proud that you have sent Annabella the money and if ever I am able I will endeavour to pay you shares of that. I have no fear if I keep my health but I will get on

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now. No more till we meet.


Your affectionate brother
Archibald John McLean

English (MD)

23 June 1863

Glenorchy

My dear Donald

I hear you are to be up soon and I am very glade for I am longing very much to see you. We can gave you plenty of good pork and first rate homemade ale. Do you know that every time I oppen a bottle of it I wish you had share of it. I tell Kate that she must send you some down when the butter goes and the weather is settled. I am thankful to say that my arm is fast improving. I can use the spade now. I am planting a good deal of shelter all round. I am very much obliged to you for sending me the land purchase correspondence. It gaves me a great pleasure to see all your former work. Tell my dear little Douglas that Tom and I killed at the fut of Benloment, where he burned a patch, there no less than 21 pigs five days ago, young and old in a few hours and we took three good ones home. He will be pleased to here that news. His aunt misses him very much. She will send him a nice cheese the first time the cart goes down. I am glade that you and poor Kate is getting on so well together but I think you are very gay. Almost two gay. I am certainly pleased that Cameron is doing some good among the natives. It adds a little more to our national pride. I make no doubt but you will do your part at Napier. I have had some very heavey dreams last week. I wish I saw you to see what you think of one of them in particular. McKenzie I find is very attentive and so is Big John. They are both up here, out at day light and not home till dark night. I am quite happy now that I can work. I broak in one of your heifer which I think will be a fare milker. I have not seen Campbell since he came back but I was down seeing Mrs Campbell on Saturday and took them a sheep. Alex was up here last week and brought me two very wild cows but I will soon tame them. I supose you were gaving him a talking about them or he would not have done so. Poor fellow he is at the Kerreru bush and I have not heard of his return. It will be all correct for Baker to take the post office, that is just as I wanted it. Do try and come up and spend one Sunday with us. I know very well that you are kept very busy from what I hear but for all that you might spare Saturday, Sunday & Monday. I long to see you. I feel very thankful for your attention to me after my arm was dislocated. I saw more of your nature then than ever. I am sure you will be good to poor Kate. She is quite proud that you have sent Annabella the money and if ever I am able I will endeavour to pay you shares of that. I have no fear if I keep my health but I will get on now. No more till we meet.


Your affectionate brother
Archibald John McLean

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Archibald John McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0818 (112 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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