Object #1023612 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

3 pages written 16 Jan 1852 by Sir Donald McLean in Otaki to Susan Douglas McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 digitised items). The letters from Donald are written from Porirua Barracks, Otaki, Rangitikei, Waikanae, Wanganui and Taranaki. Susan's letters are addressed from Dalmuir Hill (her parent's home) and Wellington Terrace. Many letters are undated and were written prior to their marriage in Aug 1851. Includes correspondence between Susan McLean and her mother Susan Strang (2 letters, undated); one letter from Helen Anne Wilson to Mrs McLean, 30 August 1852

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English (MD)

Otaki
Friday night 11pm
16 Jany 1852


My dearest Douglas

I had a delightful ride to Otaki today and feel much lighter and in fact much better than I have felt before yesterday. My only anxiety is now about you and I wish you would manage in some way not to sleep in a different house from Papa during my absence especially as you may have a return of those foolish fits that you occasionally indulge

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in. I mean the hysterics. The fainting of course you cannot avoid poor thing therefore keep with Papa or induce him to come with you till my return. I do not like the idea of your being separated.

I leave here at 5 in the morning with the Bishop. Mrs Selwyn has gone on board the schooner and sails for Auckland. His Lordship goes by way of Manawatu to your favorite place, the East Coast.

Now my own little puss do keep as contented and cheerful as you can. Do not injure your health by constant grief. Think that there is a happy time where we hope under good Providence to meet Mama in Heaven. You should rather envy her happy state than repine too much for her loss. Think also that you have a Papa and a husband to assist and comfort. Study therefore your health & comfort. Do not murmur against the Almighty. Fixed dearest we are all at his disposal and not our own. The life we now enjoy is terminated at His pleasure and patient resignation to whatever befalls us indicates a proper Christian spirit

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which you my own dearest should earnestly study to possess. I very much fear we are both relaxing in our religious duties but we must not forsake our Heavenly parent whose ever watchful eye presides over all our actions, thoughts and intentions. "My secret thoughts are known to thee, even long before they are to me". The Williams and Mrs Hutton are making kind enquiries for you and asking why you did not come with me. I tell them you could not leave Papa. They all say the change would be so good for you. Goodnight dearest petty. May God keep you is the sincere wish of your own


Donald

English (MD)

Otaki
Friday night 11pm
16 Jany 1852


My dearest Douglas

I had a delightful ride to Otaki today and feel much lighter and in fact much better than I have felt before yesterday. My only anxiety is now about you and I wish you would manage in some way not to sleep in a different house from Papa during my absence especially as you may have a return of those foolish fits that you occasionally indulge in. I mean the hysterics. The fainting of course you cannot avoid poor thing therefore keep with Papa or induce him to come with you till my return. I do not like the idea of your being separated.

I leave here at 5 in the morning with the Bishop. Mrs Selwyn has gone on board the schooner and sails for Auckland. His Lordship goes by way of Manawatu to your favorite place, the East Coast.

Now my own little puss do keep as contented and cheerful as you can. Do not injure your health by constant grief. Think that there is a happy time where we hope under good Providence to meet Mama in Heaven. You should rather envy her happy state than repine too much for her loss. Think also that you have a Papa and a husband to assist and comfort. Study therefore your health & comfort. Do not murmur against the Almighty. Fixed dearest we are all at his disposal and not our own. The life we now enjoy is terminated at His pleasure and patient resignation to whatever befalls us indicates a proper Christian spirit which you my own dearest should earnestly study to possess. I very much fear we are both relaxing in our religious duties but we must not forsake our Heavenly parent whose ever watchful eye presides over all our actions, thoughts and intentions. "My secret thoughts are known to thee, even long before they are to me". The Williams and Mrs Hutton are making kind enquiries for you and asking why you did not come with me. I tell them you could not leave Papa. They all say the change would be so good for you. Goodnight dearest petty. May God keep you is the sincere wish of your own


Donald

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 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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