Object #1025327 from MS-Papers-0032-0818

3 pages written 11 Apr 1871 by Archibald John McLean in Glenorchy 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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11 April 1871

Glenorchy

My dear Donald

Having built a very nice cottage worth about £250 with my own labour with the carpenter who is to get his part of the contract £83 and having no way of selling what produce I have till June when I will have 1/2 ton bacon etc I am going largely into honey and hope next year to have about 1 1/2 tons at the very least. I had 350 lb last year for which I got 5 1/2d at Napier and I have sent down 5 cwt last week for which they onley offer me 4 1/2d there fore the 500 I have to take I intend to send home through some of the Napier merchants if they will gave me 4d in

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advance. I see by the papers some person in Canterbury sent some home last year and cleared 6 1/2d all expences paid. Now that I have got proper shelter and houses for the bees and well up the management of them I expect to make something worth while out of them. Do you once remember telling me a story about the poor English curate. I never lost sight of that and I am now putting it to some account. I was in hopes you would have been down here before this and you would see for yourself how matters stood, but as you are not hear and that I want to keep my cridit up I have drawn on you for sixty pounds which I trust you will honour. You said I should not loose the £30 I gave to Alexr and the other £30 will be settled to your

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satisfaction when you come and see what I have done. I hope when you do come that dear Douglas will come with you as now you could enjoy yourselves for a few days up here. This has been a great year for rain and abundance of grass and a good year for surface sowing. They are doing a good deal that way. Young Archd is worth gold to the place, never a moment idle. He is a most deserving young man and Condie does his best. I cannot say any more till we meet.


I remain your affectionate brother
Archibald John McLean

English (MD)

11 April 1871

Glenorchy

My dear Donald

Having built a very nice cottage worth about £250 with my own labour with the carpenter who is to get his part of the contract £83 and having no way of selling what produce I have till June when I will have 1/2 ton bacon etc I am going largely into honey and hope next year to have about 1 1/2 tons at the very least. I had 350 lb last year for which I got 5 1/2d at Napier and I have sent down 5 cwt last week for which they onley offer me 4 1/2d there fore the 500 I have to take I intend to send home through some of the Napier merchants if they will gave me 4d in advance. I see by the papers some person in Canterbury sent some home last year and cleared 6 1/2d all expences paid. Now that I have got proper shelter and houses for the bees and well up the management of them I expect to make something worth while out of them. Do you once remember telling me a story about the poor English curate. I never lost sight of that and I am now putting it to some account. I was in hopes you would have been down here before this and you would see for yourself how matters stood, but as you are not hear and that I want to keep my cridit up I have drawn on you for sixty pounds which I trust you will honour. You said I should not loose the £30 I gave to Alexr and the other £30 will be settled to your satisfaction when you come and see what I have done. I hope when you do come that dear Douglas will come with you as now you could enjoy yourselves for a few days up here. This has been a great year for rain and abundance of grass and a good year for surface sowing. They are doing a good deal that way. Young Archd is worth gold to the place, never a moment idle. He is a most deserving young man and Condie does his best. I cannot say any more till we meet.


I 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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