Object #1025608 from MS-Papers-0032-0826

3 pages written 26 Nov 1850 by Sir Donald McLean in Rangitikei District to Susan Douglas McLean

From: Inward and outward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0826 (43 digitised items). Mainly letters between Susan Strang and her future husband Donald McLean. Includes a letter from her mother Susannah Strang to McLean, 1849; letter from E Shand to Susan Strang, written from Portobello, 1850 in which she gives her impressions of Dunedin

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English (MD)

Rangitikei
Novr 26 1850


My dear Susan

It is now some time since I addressed you from the same part of the country and I trust it may not be long before you are able to pay it a visit and admire its beauty if you are not already on the way here. I did not write to you when sending a few lines to Papa as I thought he would mention my probable delay of a few days at Waikanae.

Mr Hickson is here and the chances are I will either by him or some other opportunity at greater length before finally

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leaving for Hawkes Bay.

Mr Duncan seemed much pleased with the taste displayed in selecting the children's dresses. The choice was made I believe by you however I gave Mrs Kirton all the credit.

Mr Duncan was rather unwell when I was at Waikanae consequently I lived in the small inn which is tolerably comfortable if you have to spend a night there you may resolve to hear more oaths than blessings. At least if the place is as noisy as Scott's was last night when Mr Taylor and his daughter slept there. It was

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most disgusting to hear the expression used by a parcel of drunken blackguards who we were obliged to get turned out of the house. I had no sleep last night therefore as I intend writing you again before I leave. I must say goodbye for the present and remain


Very sincerely yours
Donald McLean

If you and Mama wish to preserve your beauty the mosquitoes will not disfigure you as yet, one or two are making a little chorus about my ears just as I am writing but they do no further harm.

English (MD)

Rangitikei
Novr 26 1850


My dear Susan

It is now some time since I addressed you from the same part of the country and I trust it may not be long before you are able to pay it a visit and admire its beauty if you are not already on the way here. I did not write to you when sending a few lines to Papa as I thought he would mention my probable delay of a few days at Waikanae.

Mr Hickson is here and the chances are I will either by him or some other opportunity at greater length before finally leaving for Hawkes Bay.

Mr Duncan seemed much pleased with the taste displayed in selecting the children's dresses. The choice was made I believe by you however I gave Mrs Kirton all the credit.

Mr Duncan was rather unwell when I was at Waikanae consequently I lived in the small inn which is tolerably comfortable if you have to spend a night there you may resolve to hear more oaths than blessings. At least if the place is as noisy as Scott's was last night when Mr Taylor and his daughter slept there. It was most disgusting to hear the expression used by a parcel of drunken blackguards who we were obliged to get turned out of the house. I had no sleep last night therefore as I intend writing you again before I leave. I must say goodbye for the present and remain


Very sincerely yours
Donald McLean

If you and Mama wish to preserve your beauty the mosquitoes will not disfigure you as yet, one or two are making a little chorus about my ears just as I am writing but they do no further harm.

Part of:
Inward and outward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0826 (43 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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