Object #1016863 from MS-Papers-0032-0818
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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21 March 1874
My dear Donald
Yours of the 10 inst came to hand yesterday and I was very glade to hear from you and that you were all well. I was very much pleased at the news about Douglas and Annabella. The fowls will be something for to amuse her mind at times poor thing. I would like she took a trip up here for a week or two if you were coming which
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I hope you will before the sitting of the Assembly. It would brace you up and do you a great deal of good besides I want to see you in reference to the sight for the house and many things that it would be well to look after in time. Condie and I think it is a very great piety to build such an expensive and fine house in such a pocking hole and I am certain not a healthy place and bad road and poor soile. You cannot grow fruit there with any certainty or any thing ealse. Besides it is two near Smith's house and poultry, turkys etc would allways be mixing and gaving all kinds of trouble and if you want the house for station use the old house will do for that for some years yet and a much smaler one would do. Condie tells me it will coast about £500. That will build a fine house, a house for you away from the station where you could fence in 20 or 30 acres for orchard and planting and keep a man always
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there would be the thing in my oppinion and gave yourself more satisfaction to see a place you commenced yourself growing round you in your latter years when you could take rest and by building on the flat under the hills on those beautiful terrises you would have good land to work on and water and half way between the cottage and station besides clear of all annoyance and â?¦ing and bea[u]tifying another very well place that would make four good homesteads planted. I find that Condie is quite of this oppinion as will.
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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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