Object #1021966 from MS-Papers-0032-0644
3 pages written by Helen Ann Wilson to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Helen Ann Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0644 (90 digitised items).
84 letters (including some incomplete and fragments) written from New Plymouth (Henui & Calpe Cottage), 1849-1870 & undated, written to `My dear son' (Donald McLean)Letter from Helen Wilson to Isabelle Gascoyne (Gascoigne), Jun 1858
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Letter from Mrs. Wilson to Donald McLean.
My dear Son,
I did not see your messenger yesterday, and therefore had not an opportunity of answering your affectionate note, Don Pedro tells me that you are not going to-day, so I trust you will keep to your engagement at the (?). I am particularly anxious you should go there, as I am certain you will enjoy the delightful music they will give you.
Since I saw you I have managed to run a nail into each of my heels; which, as you may suppose, does not make me in dancing trim; and as my maid has not yet considered herself sufficiently recovered from the measles, to return to her duty, I am rather at a loss how to manage the household work. Were it not for that good soul, Ritchie, I would be at my wit's end.
We are looking anxiously forward for news regarding my brother, by the Brig ship now in our bay. Had out letters, with our answers, been fortunate in quick passages, he might now be aboard of her, as his
original intention was to have sailed from Old England about July; and that must have been about the time when she left. She fired so many big guns last night she must be the bearer of some great news; or maybe, the great Charles Hursthouse is aboard !!!! If he is, he had better look out, as many here declare they will pay him off for having deceived them, as he has done.
Mind, not to forget, that the Stornegers (?) take tea early, say half past 5; so that they may have a long evening for music.
Ever believe in the affection of your old mother, -
Donald McLean Esq.
Inward letters - Helen Ann Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0644 (90 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)
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