Object #1024003 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

2 pages written by Sir Donald 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)







I have no great faith in the boy Ewaru as I fancy he drinks however you may discharge him if he disobeys you in the slightest. I would rather have Ben a short time than to trust to a native who is not a very good character.

If you get this soon let me know if I am to take your mare the Maid of Islay back with me or if you are anxious to go out riding, or if until you are stronger you will go out on my own steady quiet old Doctor led by myself just for a short airing. I certainly think change must be good for health, constitution and appetite. I am now

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English (MD)

so hungry going to bed that I could demolish a whole fowl and a good sized loaf besides a hearty jug of beer, however I will get an early breakfast at Mr Hadfield's which I shall do ample justice to.

The surveyor and his party are under orders and tomorrow we commence work. Do not forget to have a letter ready to send me puss and do not as usual forget to acknowledge the receipt of mine. I hope puss you are better. Goodnight again


Ever you own affect. husband
Donald McLean

Friday night

[First part of letter missing?]

English (MD)







I have no great faith in the boy Ewaru as I fancy he drinks however you may discharge him if he disobeys you in the slightest. I would rather have Ben a short time than to trust to a native who is not a very good character.

If you get this soon let me know if I am to take your mare the Maid of Islay back with me or if you are anxious to go out riding, or if until you are stronger you will go out on my own steady quiet old Doctor led by myself just for a short airing. I certainly think change must be good for health, constitution and appetite. I am now so hungry going to bed that I could demolish a whole fowl and a good sized loaf besides a hearty jug of beer, however I will get an early breakfast at Mr Hadfield's which I shall do ample justice to.

The surveyor and his party are under orders and tomorrow we commence work. Do not forget to have a letter ready to send me puss and do not as usual forget to acknowledge the receipt of mine. I hope puss you are better. Goodnight again


Ever you own affect. husband
Donald McLean

Friday night

[First part of letter missing?]

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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