Object #1023845 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

4 pages written 13 Jul 1852 by Sir Donald McLean 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

A transcription/translation of this document (by MD) appears below.

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English (MD)

Tuesday 13 July 1852


My own dearest Puss

I am again at old Whanganui the place from which you received the first letter I wrote you from the coast and the place where I have often thought of you, and thought what a treasure I should have when I possessed you. May Heaven grant that you may ever continue to be so, and that you will ever take delight in walking in the paths of duty and virtue. I frequently think of you and although I am not so anxious about your health as usual still it is a great hardship to be separated from one's only bosom friend. Take care of yourself pet. Do pay some

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attention to your books, take gentle exercise and do not be out on any account after sunset. Remember that that is always a standing order.

I spent one night only at Mr Taylor's. I know pussy does not much like my being too much among young ladies, therefore I anticipate her wishes and confine all my attentions to her to whom I have sworn to be constant and faithful as long as I live.

I am packed and ready for my journey which I must commence in about an hour in order to save the tide, therefore forgive

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a short letter, keep up your spirits and hoping soon to be with you again, I am ever your own affectionate


Donald McLean

I had no letter from you by last mail. Probably it is gone onto Taranaki. D ML

English (MD)

Tuesday 13 July 1852


My own dearest Puss

I am again at old Whanganui the place from which you received the first letter I wrote you from the coast and the place where I have often thought of you, and thought what a treasure I should have when I possessed you. May Heaven grant that you may ever continue to be so, and that you will ever take delight in walking in the paths of duty and virtue. I frequently think of you and although I am not so anxious about your health as usual still it is a great hardship to be separated from one's only bosom friend. Take care of yourself pet. Do pay some attention to your books, take gentle exercise and do not be out on any account after sunset. Remember that that is always a standing order.

I spent one night only at Mr Taylor's. I know pussy does not much like my being too much among young ladies, therefore I anticipate her wishes and confine all my attentions to her to whom I have sworn to be constant and faithful as long as I live.

I am packed and ready for my journey which I must commence in about an hour in order to save the tide, therefore forgive a short letter, keep up your spirits and hoping soon to be with you again, I am ever your own affectionate


Donald McLean

I had no letter from you by last mail. Probably it is gone onto Taranaki. D ML

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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