Object #1017638 from MS-Papers-0032-0820

3 pages written 11 Oct 1871 by Sir Robert Donald Douglas Maclean in Wellington

From: Inward family correspondence - Douglas Maclean (son), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0820 (112 digitised items). Letters written from Auckland, Wellington and Hawke's Bay

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PRIVATE Wellington

11th. October 1871



My dear Father,

I feel that I have now come to a time of life that I ought to be doing something with a view to my future prospects in life. I am fully aware that the Judge holds forth a great opportunity and advantage to me, if my inclination and desire was that I should follow the law as a profession, but such is not my inclination or wish. If I did not follow the Bar as a profession, going into the Judge's office should be of little advantage to me in future life.

My desire is that I should go into a Merchant's office, not necessarily in Wellington, though I should prefer it, and there acquire business habits, a knowledge of business especially that connected with the management of Station affairs. I should at the same

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time go on with my studies with zeal, and in earnest, picking up such knowledge as would be of use to me hereafter, in, perhaps, public affairs, though such is not the bent of my inclination, or wish. Bookkeeping I should also wish to acquire.

I am fully cognisant of the good opporportunities which I will have for the next few years, according to the schemes laid down for my future; and that I would have myself to blame did I not profit, or try to profit by them; and I trust that I shall feel always thankful for the same.

My disinclination for the Law is on many accounts; but I do not in the least take a dislike to it because I happen to know before-hand that it will entail much work on me. I do not wish to shirk from this in the least, and do not see how I could get on in any sphere of life unless I did work, and trust that I shall henceforth, as soon as arrangements are made, continue to work with perseverance at whatever I may have to do;

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and feel that I have already lost much time, and have myself to blame in a great measure for it, and trust that I shall in some measure be able to make up for it.

(Signed)
Douglas McLean.

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PRIVATE Wellington

11th. October 1871



My dear Father,

I feel that I have now come to a time of life that I ought to be doing something with a view to my future prospects in life. I am fully aware that the Judge holds forth a great opportunity and advantage to me, if my inclination and desire was that I should follow the law as a profession, but such is not my inclination or wish. If I did not follow the Bar as a profession, going into the Judge's office should be of little advantage to me in future life.

My desire is that I should go into a Merchant's office, not necessarily in Wellington, though I should prefer it, and there acquire business habits, a knowledge of business especially that connected with the management of Station affairs. I should at the same time go on with my studies with zeal, and in earnest, picking up such knowledge as would be of use to me hereafter, in, perhaps, public affairs, though such is not the bent of my inclination, or wish. Bookkeeping I should also wish to acquire.

I am fully cognisant of the good opporportunities which I will have for the next few years, according to the schemes laid down for my future; and that I would have myself to blame did I not profit, or try to profit by them; and I trust that I shall feel always thankful for the same.

My disinclination for the Law is on many accounts; but I do not in the least take a dislike to it because I happen to know before-hand that it will entail much work on me. I do not wish to shirk from this in the least, and do not see how I could get on in any sphere of life unless I did work, and trust that I shall henceforth, as soon as arrangements are made, continue to work with perseverance at whatever I may have to do; and feel that I have already lost much time, and have myself to blame in a great measure for it, and trust that I shall in some measure be able to make up for it.

(Signed)
Douglas McLean.

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Douglas Maclean (son), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0820 (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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