Object #1018970 from MS-Papers-0032-0814
From: Inward family correspondence - Alexander McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0814 (27 digitised items). Letters written from Australia, 1844-1849 and from Hawke's Bay (mainly Maraekakaho), 1857-1859. Includes one letter written by Donald to his brother Archy, 7 Feb 1846. The latter correspondence relates mainly to station matters
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6 June 1858
My dear brother
I have this evening received your letter of the 4 of May and am glad to hear of your safe arrivall in Auckland. I am glad you have taken the boy with you as he will be much better than in Wellington. By your letter I find you had a letter from Archy saying he was comeing out to New Zealand and may bring Anabella out with him. I should be most happy to se them if they had the means of settling down comfortable hear but if he has not I should rather he would stop at home. What can a sailor do in this country and a man at his age. As for Anabella I should wish much that she would come out hear. Really we are in want of one of our own sisters much hear. For my own part
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own part I am most uncomfortable hear for want of someone to look affter the house. This woman we have hear is a slovenly dirty extravagant person. They have four children hear and I cannot sleep at night with them as for my part I shall work day and night to make one of my sisters both happy and comfortable. I am writeing John to Melbourne in case they may come their to prevent Archy from comeing hear if he has no means to come with for a few years longer.
As I am going home in the morning cannot write a long letter tonight but I shall let you no how we are doing hear. The tow boys are getting very usefull. Fred and Jo...ney In fact I th[ought] the place could not do without them. Gascoyne is a fine lad. I have finished the sheep pen and am down hear for hinges for the gates
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gates and is to have Tuke sheep in on Theusday to draft Harding sheep out of his flock as they will be lambing at the end of this month. I may safely tell that the pens are the best in the island. It took me a long time to get it up but it gives me satisfaction. The yards will hold six thousand sheep and three men can draft them. The plan is a new place of my own and it will last for the next fifteen year. The posts are all totaro and matie and verry stout. I am getting down the timber for the woolshed and will build the one halfe of it this year and the next halfe some other time. I have it good and strong so that what we do shall not want doing aggain in a hurry. The sheep are doing well. They are to fat this year alltogether. We cannot eat the weathers. I cannot tell you the exact number of lambs till I get the sheep in the yard and have a week drafting at
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them. I have got all the sheep. Some from Lawry from Pope and Olliver. I have sold old Jack the horse for a three year old mare small but good and forty maiden ewes so that is a good price for him but he was a good horse. I am riseing Argyle. He is very tame and I am going to sell him for 100 ewes. I have broken the bay colt Havelock. He is a smart poney. I shall sell him before long for fifty pound or 50 ewes. The mares are all in foall and fat. The Maid of Islay is up hear. She is a fine strong mare. The old Rangatiki has got a filly foal and in foal aggain. The Auckland mares colt will make the best stallion in the district. He has grown a large horse. The Maid of Islay is not in foal this year.
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We have ploughed six acres of wheat land and shall have it sown this next week if we are spared and I am going to plough six more acres for oats and grass and potatoes and garden and four acres of grass for the colt to keep him away from the mares and I hope next year we shall have nothing to buy but tea and sugar. The land turns up well and I think it will grow a good crop. I hope you shall be down hear at shearing or before then and bring Douglas down and I will have this poney mare ready for him to ride. We shall have a great deal of work down hear soon. The place will be quite different when you se it again. The last time I was down hear
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Hear John Alexander Smith had a sale hear and some of the goods went of cheap. I bought a plough and one hundred woolpacks and I have sold the halfe of them to Rhodes. Some blocks and ropes for a leaver press, shirts and trousers and different goods that we wanted for the place. I shall send you the bill of them in the next letter and I have given Munn an order on you affter sight for the money and I have got a good bargain. I am going to be as careful as ever I can but I must have a little money at times to carry on.
I could do without the woolbales for a while but finding I bought for 1/6 and 2/6 and they cost last year
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eight shillings to bring them to the station. I wished much to buy them.
I must conclude with my best wishes to little Duggy and Mrs Gascoyne and should like to se them boath down hear if I had a good house.
I remain dear Donald you ever affectionate brother
PS. I hear my friend Fitsgerald has gone to Auckland. When you se him give my best wishes and tell him I shall give him a great blowing up for not comeing to se me before he went away and I should give an account of the land at Patea the other side of the Ruahina. I was their for three weeks in the snow. Rather a cold country at this time of the year. I had a pleasant trip three days journey from hear. I don't think much of Patea. Mind me to John Curling. In haste
Inward family correspondence - Alexander McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0814 (27 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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