Object #1020349 from MS-Papers-0032-0811

7 pages written by Catherine Isabella McLean in Christchurch City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Catherine Hart (sister); Catherine Isabella McLean (sister-in-law), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0811 (71 digitised items). Catherine McLean (later Hart) wrote from Stobs Castle, Hawick, Roxburghshire and from Edinburgh, Scotland prior to her arrival in New Zealand in 1861, and from Wellington, Hawke's Bay and Christchurch, 1861-1875, including many undated letters and fragments. The folder contains 9 letters written by Catherine Isabella McLean, from Maraekakaho and Glenorchy, Hawke's Bay, 1861-1875.Includes one letter written by Annabella McLean from Edinburgh in Nov 1862

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Christ Church
June 19th


My dear Donald

John has just come in & tells me that the steamer leaves port for the north tomorrow & that I must post my letter immediately which prevents me from writing

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you a long letter as intended. We are all very busy here preparing for Miss M's wedding which takes place on Tuesday 25th. It has come on all of a sudden for they were not expecting it when I wrote you before. I wish that I was home to the station for I think but very little of this whole set of them. I do feel sorry for poor John having to be the main stay of so many vain proud em[p]ty people.

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Alexander has not come yet & not a single line from him which makes me feel very unhappy indeed. I hear that you are very gray in Auckland at this time. I feel so unhappy about my dear

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Annabella and I do think my dear Donald that if you are not soon to go home that I shall go home myself now that I feel so much stronger. I can not be so long parted from my beloved sister. When I think of my poor sister

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being so neglected & girls that has no claim on my brothers taken so much notice of it quite grieves me. I long so much to see Douglas and yourself. When do you think you will be able to come to Napier. In great haste.


I am ever your aff. sister
Catherine

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I will write you again soon â?? John has not been very well lately but I think that he is a good deal wirried. Nelly is a quite a treat

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of a child. Jessie says that she shall write you soon as all this hussie is past. I heard from Catherine yesterday. All is going on well at the station.

English (MD)

Christ Church
June 19th


My dear Donald

John has just come in & tells me that the steamer leaves port for the north tomorrow & that I must post my letter immediately which prevents me from writing you a long letter as intended. We are all very busy here preparing for Miss M's wedding which takes place on Tuesday 25th. It has come on all of a sudden for they were not expecting it when I wrote you before. I wish that I was home to the station for I think but very little of this whole set of them. I do feel sorry for poor John having to be the main stay of so many vain proud em[p]ty people.

Alexander has not come yet & not a single line from him which makes me feel very unhappy indeed. I hear that you are very gray in Auckland at this time. I feel so unhappy about my dear Annabella and I do think my dear Donald that if you are not soon to go home that I shall go home myself now that I feel so much stronger. I can not be so long parted from my beloved sister. When I think of my poor sister being so neglected & girls that has no claim on my brothers taken so much notice of it quite grieves me. I long so much to see Douglas and yourself. When do you think you will be able to come to Napier. In great haste.


I am ever your aff. sister
Catherine

I will write you again soon â?? John has not been very well lately but I think that he is a good deal wirried. Nelly is a quite a treat of a child. Jessie says that she shall write you soon as all this hussie is past. I heard from Catherine yesterday. All is going on well at the station.

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Catherine Hart (sister); Catherine Isabella McLean (sister-in-law), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0811 (71 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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