Object #1017198 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

2 pages written by Sir Donald McLean 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)


My dear Susan

You are an extremely foolish young girl with your sad prophetic forebodings instead of being cheerful and happy you give way from the most trifling causes to grief & despondency. Do not indulge in such ridiculous nonsense.

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English (MD)

It is really unbecoming at your age. You are not a lassie of fifteen now as I supposed you were when I first saw you. I shall certainly go to Dalmuir tonight and would gladly spend a longer time with you if I could therefore do not be foolishly dull at my leaving you for a short time otherwise I shall imagine that you will be always so on similar occasions.


Ever faithfully yours
Donald McLean

Tuesday morning

You are such an expert writer that I would almost require a clerk to correspond with you besides myself only I should deserve a good scolding. Did you receive a note in any other hand. Be a good girl dear.

English (MD)


My dear Susan

You are an extremely foolish young girl with your sad prophetic forebodings instead of being cheerful and happy you give way from the most trifling causes to grief & despondency. Do not indulge in such ridiculous nonsense. It is really unbecoming at your age. You are not a lassie of fifteen now as I supposed you were when I first saw you. I shall certainly go to Dalmuir tonight and would gladly spend a longer time with you if I could therefore do not be foolishly dull at my leaving you for a short time otherwise I shall imagine that you will be always so on similar occasions.


Ever faithfully yours
Donald McLean

Tuesday morning

You are such an expert writer that I would almost require a clerk to correspond with you besides myself only I should deserve a good scolding. Did you receive a note in any other hand. Be a good girl dear.

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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