Object #1017714 from MS-Papers-0032-0818

3 pages written 30 May 1865 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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English (MD)

30 May 1865

Glenorchy

My dear Donald

I was happy to hear from Mr Nairn and others that you were looking very well but every one says you do not take exercise enough and I fear it is two true. You that always took so much exercise before it cannot be good for you to be so much confined and your best friends are always at me to try and get you to take more. Of course the Councel will detain you from coming inland and when that is over something

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ealse will come in the way. A trip up to Gollan's if you will not come here would do you a deal of good. During the time you were away with the St Kilda I could not rest from dreams about you. I did not know you were away at the time and I was very uneasy till I heard of your safe return. I am happy to say we are quite well up here and I supose Catherine will be at Napier before you receive this as I heard that Alexr and she left on Monday for their. I hope you will have an easy time during the Councel but I dare say Stewart & Bucanan will gave some trouble but the onley way is to laugh at such fellows for they would soon have war in the Province had they any management of affairs. I hope this mail will bring good accounts from dear little Douglas. He will have the winter over now and pleasant weather which will be more congenial to him. I inclose you a letter from Aunt Ann which will show you how they are poor things. I wish I was onley able to do something for them as they must have a great struggle in their old days

English (MD)

30 May 1865

Glenorchy

My dear Donald

I was happy to hear from Mr Nairn and others that you were looking very well but every one says you do not take exercise enough and I fear it is two true. You that always took so much exercise before it cannot be good for you to be so much confined and your best friends are always at me to try and get you to take more. Of course the Councel will detain you from coming inland and when that is over something ealse will come in the way. A trip up to Gollan's if you will not come here would do you a deal of good. During the time you were away with the St Kilda I could not rest from dreams about you. I did not know you were away at the time and I was very uneasy till I heard of your safe return. I am happy to say we are quite well up here and I supose Catherine will be at Napier before you receive this as I heard that Alexr and she left on Monday for their. I hope you will have an easy time during the Councel but I dare say Stewart & Bucanan will gave some trouble but the onley way is to laugh at such fellows for they would soon have war in the Province had they any management of affairs. I hope this mail will bring good accounts from dear little Douglas. He will have the winter over now and pleasant weather which will be more congenial to him. I inclose you a letter from Aunt Ann which will show you how they are poor things. I wish I was onley able to do something for them as they must have a great struggle in their old days to make a living. If I only could get clear of interest and other little things I certainly would send them a little but I will be pretty well pushed this year altho I am doing all I can but I hope if all goes well next year to be able to give five pounds towards their rent. You have so many on you that I cannot ask you to do much at preasant but if you at all could send them some help it would be great charity and a duty as poor things they have no one ealse now to look forward to. No more till we meet.


Always 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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