Object #1025001 from MS-Papers-0032-0818

2 pages written 3 Feb 1860 by Archibald John McLean to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Archibald John McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0818 (112 digitised items). Letters written from Maraekakaho, Warleigh, Doonside and Glenorchy about station matters and family news.Letter dated 24 Oct 1874 recounts the McLean family's lineage and gives dates of birth for family members

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I have no more news to tell you but hope to here from you soon with good accounts of your health. I hope John and his wife is doing well. We would like to hear from them. Poor little Douglas will miss you being so long away from him. I would like to hear how he is getting on. I have had no news from home as yet stating their having received any of my letters which grieves me very much. I wish I had tried and got command of the Snaresbook. It would be a got [good] chance to have gone home and bought her and myself, but it cannot be helped now. I am doomed to disapointments. Will you at all come this way before going to Auckland. I would like so much to see you. Mr Carlyon, the barrister called here and he told me that the Faryzens [Pharazyns] were trying to get Acitea [Akitio] into their own hands and said if you did not look sharp they might do so from some document that they showed him. I told him

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I was obliged for his information and req[u]ested of him if you came to Wellington before you heard from me to let you know about it. I told him also to tell Alexander if he met him at the port with [crossed out] which he did. I hope you will manage to retain it in spite of their intrigue. I have no more news to tell you but now end and remain your affectionate brother.


Archibald John McLean

English (MD)

3 February 1860

Maraekakho

My dear Donald

I was in hopes of hearing from you before this time so that I might know where to address you but as you will be anxious to hear how we got on with the shearing I now write you in hopes it may find you restored to good health and spirits again. We finished shearing on the 18 of last month and sent the last of the wool down to the port on the 1st inst. The other side the page will show you the number of bales and the fleeces they contained. The whole of the weight I have not received but I send you the gross weight of 46 bales which will gave you an idea of the whole being 107 cwt 3 qus 24 lb. Alex went down today and I gave him all the ... etc and he took some samples with him. I mentioned to him to mind and send you an account whch I expect he intends to do also with all the weight he said he would try and sell at the port or forward it to Wellington. The season has been very dry in this districk and the feed is becoming very scarce. Everything is burned up so much for all we have a fair crop of potatoes and wheat, also a good deal of oats and some barley. We will have a fair return of Indian corn for the horses also Alex has bought a fine strong cort entire horse and a fine gelding with 4 mares, I believe pritty cheap at a sale of horses at the port. We are going to nose brand the sheep and he is going to make a wether flock shortly. We have got a man of the name of McClay to sheepherd the wether flock, an uncle of Mrs Blare at the port so that things is doing very well at present here. The total number of sheep shoren is as follows

1926 ews old
2393 wethers & hoggets
1496 lambs
Total 5815
There was about 1000 lambs not shearable which if all goes well will tell up next year.


Wool account Jany 1860
Nos 1 Bale 58 Fleeces W
2 61 W
3 59 W
4 64 W
5 63 W
6 63 W
7 64 W
8 67 W
9 61 W
10 71 W
11 63 W
12 58 W
13 64 W
14 60 W
15 70 W
16 64 W
17 68 W
18 65 W
19 64 W
20 58 W
21 67 W
22 65 W
Nos
23 73 W
24 70 W
25 69 W
26 62 W
27 64 W
28 82 W
29 67 W
30 60 W
31 64 W
34 68 W
35 60 W
38 60 W
40 87 W
36 61 W all washed
41 87 W washed
62 60 W unwashed


38 bales wether wool


Ewes wool
Nos 32 98 fleeces
33 80
37 82
39 113
42 110
44 77
46 77
47 102
48 102
49 103
50 102
51 96
52 97
53 106
54 104
55 77
56 70
59 78
60 73
63 50


20 bales

Nos 43 66 fleeces Lecester
45 63 " "
61 69 " "

3 bales ewe Lecester

Lambs wool
Nos 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.11.12 in all 12 bales. 1 @ 2 bales locks.

I have no more news to tell you but hope to here from you soon with good accounts of your health. I hope John and his wife is doing well. We would like to hear from them. Poor little Douglas will miss you being so long away from him. I would like to hear how he is getting on. I have had no news from home as yet stating their having received any of my letters which grieves me very much. I wish I had tried and got command of the Snaresbook. It would be a got [good] chance to have gone home and bought her and myself, but it cannot be helped now. I am doomed to disapointments. Will you at all come this way before going to Auckland. I would like so much to see you. Mr Carlyon, the barrister called here and he told me that the Faryzens [Pharazyns] were trying to get Acitea [Akitio] into their own hands and said if you did not look sharp they might do so from some document that they showed him. I told him I was obliged for his information and req[u]ested of him if you came to Wellington before you heard from me to let you know about it. I told him also to tell Alexander if he met him at the port with [crossed out] which he did. I hope you will manage to retain it in spite of their intrigue. I have no more news to tell you but now end and remain your affectionate brother.


Archibald John McLean

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Archibald John McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0818 (112 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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