Object #1022395 from MS-Papers-0032-0816A

7 pages written by Annabella McLean in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816A (23 digitised items). Letters to `Mon chere frere', undated except for day and month, written from Napier and Hobson Street, Wellington. One letter is addressed from The Cottage [Maraekakaho]

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Ma chere frere

It is by no means unexpected news to me that you are not likely to be here for sometime. It is just as I thought it would be when you had undertaken office. The house

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and paddock is in beautiful order but every day getting distastefull to me so much so that I cannot remain longer as a mere shadow with empty rooms. All that I can think of that you would wish done about the place is finished so that it may now be left to Wisharts charge and board themselves. I will be able to pass the time between Archy's & the cottage. Alick seems to

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have all the wish to pick up. Mr Ormond called. He was the first to tell me you were not likely to be back for sometime. He also told me he had not known you to stand the fatigue of a session so well

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as you have done this. I was struck with his appearance. He looked so well and so very well dressed. Cannot altogether become reconciled to this new state of things but that is a matter of very little moment to any one but

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myself. I will be content as long as I hear you are well and that you write to me. Perhaps Kate will take a run up. Was at the station for a few days. Stayed with Archy. All is well there and in good spirits. The universal feeling at yr triumph over the Staffordites is really wonderful. Everyone that a person meets is more enthusiastic than another but this is all over now and you have fought the battle

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well but there are greater laurels than all this yet. (The Heiress has to make her appearance next). Send the regatta shirts. Thought they would be useful on board steamers.


Yours in haste
Annabella McLean
Napier, 30 August

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Hope it was the right box Scully sent

A M L

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Ma chere frere

It is by no means unexpected news to me that you are not likely to be here for sometime. It is just as I thought it would be when you had undertaken office. The house and paddock is in beautiful order but every day getting distastefull to me so much so that I cannot remain longer as a mere shadow with empty rooms. All that I can think of that you would wish done about the place is finished so that it may now be left to Wisharts charge and board themselves. I will be able to pass the time between Archy's & the cottage. Alick seems to have all the wish to pick up. Mr Ormond called. He was the first to tell me you were not likely to be back for sometime. He also told me he had not known you to stand the fatigue of a session so well as you have done this. I was struck with his appearance. He looked so well and so very well dressed. Cannot altogether become reconciled to this new state of things but that is a matter of very little moment to any one but myself. I will be content as long as I hear you are well and that you write to me. Perhaps Kate will take a run up. Was at the station for a few days. Stayed with Archy. All is well there and in good spirits. The universal feeling at yr triumph over the Staffordites is really wonderful. Everyone that a person meets is more enthusiastic than another but this is all over now and you have fought the battle well but there are greater laurels than all this yet. (The Heiress has to make her appearance next). Send the regatta shirts. Thought they would be useful on board steamers.


Yours in haste
Annabella McLean
Napier, 30 August

Hope it was the right box Scully sent

A M L

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816A (23 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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