Object #1023833 from MS-Papers-0032-0816

9 pages written 18 Jan 1875 by Annabella McLean in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816 (50 digitised items). Letters written from Scotland (Edinburgh, Glenorchy Manse, Stranraer) prior to her arrival in New Zealand in Jan 1864 on the Wild Duck; afterwards from Maraekakaho, Napier and Wellington. One letter was written in Sep 1858 during a visit to her sister Flora Ann Conway in North Wales.

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Wellington
18th Jany 75


Ma chere frere

A thousand thanks for your telegram from Foxton, also letter received. One is really more glad than otherwise that you are on the move for Wellington is anything but healthy at this season.

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Mr Hall leaves for England by sailing vessel. They gave a handsome dinner the other evening in the "a la masse" style. Kate & Hart were there. Mrs Vogel leaves for Sydney today to join her husband. A testimonial etc is started by the judge and Mr Pearce for Lady Bowen. Mrs Tollemache has headed the list with ten pound.

I suppose you have fully made decided to take the Fox's house. You will find

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it a most comfortable and suitable in many ways â?? but my feeling is that you would feel much more independent in a private house of your own.

Douglas is regularly at the office. He is a fine correct youth, considerate and nice in his manners & ways.

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He was not overly well for a few days. Mr Tollemache doctored him. He is quite well now. It would have done you good to see the interest the good old lady takes in him. She came to me full of enquiries about him and giving me little

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hints how to manage him. "She says to me don't make a fuss about him. He can't bear to be made a fuss about". One so rarily meets with such genuine good heartedness as both these estimable people possess.

Some how I am constantly dreaming of Hawkes Bay. Judge Richmond will soon be there. The lurking jealousy that exists in that community makes one apprehensive if it will to leave one's own affairs even to

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the discretion of one's best friend but as you are in constant communication little can transpire without your knowing. Am afraid there is a great deal of anxiety connected with the general amnesty. I do not see why Sir George Bowen should

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be in such haste to have it proclaimed before he leaves but I suppose it is that constant detestable desire to reap the benefit of what others have done. He has shown great selfishness in that respect constantly

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aiming at taking the eclat of everything himself.

Elizabeth the servant has left. I was a few days without but could not possibly manage. I have got Margaret. She left Mr Bannatynes and was with Kate without a place. She is most careful. I would not give her more than 12/ shillings a week with which she is satisfied in the meantime little Billy Sandbrook was most attentive in coming to see if I had any messages.

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He has gone to school so that I did not like to interrupt him much. Poor little Johnny is laid up with wooping cough. Am thankful he is with his mama. Douglas will give you all the town news. In haste.



Yours Annabella McLean

English (MD)

Wellington
18th Jany 75


Ma chere frere

A thousand thanks for your telegram from Foxton, also letter received. One is really more glad than otherwise that you are on the move for Wellington is anything but healthy at this season. Mr Hall leaves for England by sailing vessel. They gave a handsome dinner the other evening in the "a la masse" style. Kate & Hart were there. Mrs Vogel leaves for Sydney today to join her husband. A testimonial etc is started by the judge and Mr Pearce for Lady Bowen. Mrs Tollemache has headed the list with ten pound.

I suppose you have fully made decided to take the Fox's house. You will find it a most comfortable and suitable in many ways â?? but my feeling is that you would feel much more independent in a private house of your own.

Douglas is regularly at the office. He is a fine correct youth, considerate and nice in his manners & ways. He was not overly well for a few days. Mr Tollemache doctored him. He is quite well now. It would have done you good to see the interest the good old lady takes in him. She came to me full of enquiries about him and giving me little hints how to manage him. "She says to me don't make a fuss about him. He can't bear to be made a fuss about". One so rarily meets with such genuine good heartedness as both these estimable people possess.

Some how I am constantly dreaming of Hawkes Bay. Judge Richmond will soon be there. The lurking jealousy that exists in that community makes one apprehensive if it will to leave one's own affairs even to the discretion of one's best friend but as you are in constant communication little can transpire without your knowing. Am afraid there is a great deal of anxiety connected with the general amnesty. I do not see why Sir George Bowen should be in such haste to have it proclaimed before he leaves but I suppose it is that constant detestable desire to reap the benefit of what others have done. He has shown great selfishness in that respect constantly aiming at taking the eclat of everything himself.

Elizabeth the servant has left. I was a few days without but could not possibly manage. I have got Margaret. She left Mr Bannatynes and was with Kate without a place. She is most careful. I would not give her more than 12/ shillings a week with which she is satisfied in the meantime little Billy Sandbrook was most attentive in coming to see if I had any messages. He has gone to school so that I did not like to interrupt him much. Poor little Johnny is laid up with wooping cough. Am thankful he is with his mama. Douglas will give you all the town news. In haste.



Yours Annabella McLean

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Annabella McLean (sister), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0816 (50 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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