Object #1017421 from MS-Papers-0032-0826
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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June 29th 1850
My dear Mr McLean
I received your note this evening with much pleasure although you deserve a scold for again reminding me of the unfortunate handkerchief. I suppose you never intend to forget it. I do not think that you allowed a day to pass when here without bringing it to my remembrance.
I have sent the words of "Kathleen Mavourneen" which I promised to copy so you see that although you
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say "My procrastination in performing the most trifling duties it sometimes very great" yet I have not been three months in copying this song.
As I have been only out once since you left I have heard no news which I could give except that they talk of getting up another ball and that Mrs Fitzgerald is going to give a dance next week but I think you heard of her party before you went away. I wonder that the people here do not get tired of those constant balls and parties. It appears to me to be very foolish in a colony to spend so much money and time on amusements. I do not mean to say that we should never have balls here, far from it. They can do no harm in
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moderation and no one can enjoy them more than I do sometimes but I do not like them so often. Two public balls in a year are I think quite sufficient, besides I think that those private meetings of friends are always infinitely more agreeable.
Although I miss you and feel lonely sometimes, still I am much more happy and contented than I was when you were away before for now I feel assured of your affection for me and know that no absence will ever cause you to forget me. I also look forward with much pleasure to the end of two months when I hope we shall have the happiness of meeting again. I must now conclude my
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letter as it is nearly Sunday morning.
Mama sends her kindest regards and in hopes of hearing from you soon.
Believe me my dear Mr McLean
Susan D Strang
[Note on transcription: "Kathleen Mavourneen" was a song written in 1837 composed by Frederick Nicholls Crouch with lyrics by Marion Crawford. Popular during the American Civil War. Mavourneen is a term of endearment derived from Irish Gaelic mo mhuimin, meaning 'my beloved'.]
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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