Object #1025174 from MS-Papers-0032-0816

5 pages written 28 Dec 1874 by Annabella McLean 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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Mon chere frere

Your letter of yesterday made me more happy and content than either previous letters or telegrams as you said you are much better than you have hitherto been.

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By all means ask Mr A'Deane. He has ever been a consistent supporter and a good unoffending settler. There are a good many children. It might be awkward if they remained long but whilst you are up country the attention would unhinge no one.

The English news seems good. The elections are still equally balanced. Mr Shepherd & the establishment finally spent Xmas at the

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Harts, a most pleasant day. We have beautiful showery weather, fruit and everything grows luxuriantly. Do earnestly hope you will have thorough relaxation when up country. Had a few lines from Douglas yesterday telling me not to send

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any letters. I think we will be very glad to return. He feels the heat. Little Tiny actually killed a rat the other night in my room. Alarmed the household to a great pitch. He is regarded now as quite

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"Hero". Miss Lewis said I ought to put a medal round his neck. I am interrupted.


Yours in haste
Annabella McLean

A great deal of anxiety is expressed here in reference to Thursday by even outsiders.

Monday 28 December [1874]
Hobson Street

English (MD)




Mon chere frere

Your letter of yesterday made me more happy and content than either previous letters or telegrams as you said you are much better than you have hitherto been. By all means ask Mr A'Deane. He has ever been a consistent supporter and a good unoffending settler. There are a good many children. It might be awkward if they remained long but whilst you are up country the attention would unhinge no one.

The English news seems good. The elections are still equally balanced. Mr Shepherd & the establishment finally spent Xmas at the Harts, a most pleasant day. We have beautiful showery weather, fruit and everything grows luxuriantly. Do earnestly hope you will have thorough relaxation when up country. Had a few lines from Douglas yesterday telling me not to send any letters. I think we will be very glad to return. He feels the heat. Little Tiny actually killed a rat the other night in my room. Alarmed the household to a great pitch. He is regarded now as quite "Hero". Miss Lewis said I ought to put a medal round his neck. I am interrupted.


Yours in haste
Annabella McLean

A great deal of anxiety is expressed here in reference to Thursday by even outsiders.

Monday 28 December [1874]
Hobson Street

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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