Object #1025865 from MS-Papers-0032-0818

2 pages written 11 Mar 1875 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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English (MD)

Glenorchy
11 March 1875


My dear Donald

I dare say you will think me very carless in not answering your last from Auckland but having expected you before any letter from me would get to you prevented me from answering it. I need not say that I regrate not doing so at the time as by yesterday's paper we see you have not been so well in Auckland. I trust it was nothing serious or likely to be lasting. I am convinced that you are overworking yourself and you must know that with all your intergrity and wish to do more than the pain

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can stand after a long time of mental labour that rest must be procured even at the cost of many disadvantages to the state and country. The little time you were in the other colony was to you a very great benefit and I do not see why you cannot make your mind up for more rest and take a trip home or remain at your own place for a longer period to recrute. It is impossible to gain health at your age without taking care of it.

I am happy to tell you that Mr Hart was here last week and left Kate here for the benefit of her health, and I am pleased to say that the climate here agrees with her so far and I may say that the trip did Mr Hart good also. He left Napier on Saturday last per 'Easty' S.S. steamer as he was wanted on Wellington by the 12th inst.

Things are doing pritty well at the station. A number of sheep & rams sold and today they are dipping the lambs and I believe the dip is going to answer very well.

I received a packet of seeds with your hand writing or Mr Kinrosses as at times he writes like you. Douglas is quite well and so is Annabella.


Yours ever
Archibald John McLean

English (MD)

Glenorchy
11 March 1875


My dear Donald

I dare say you will think me very carless in not answering your last from Auckland but having expected you before any letter from me would get to you prevented me from answering it. I need not say that I regrate not doing so at the time as by yesterday's paper we see you have not been so well in Auckland. I trust it was nothing serious or likely to be lasting. I am convinced that you are overworking yourself and you must know that with all your intergrity and wish to do more than the pain can stand after a long time of mental labour that rest must be procured even at the cost of many disadvantages to the state and country. The little time you were in the other colony was to you a very great benefit and I do not see why you cannot make your mind up for more rest and take a trip home or remain at your own place for a longer period to recrute. It is impossible to gain health at your age without taking care of it.

I am happy to tell you that Mr Hart was here last week and left Kate here for the benefit of her health, and I am pleased to say that the climate here agrees with her so far and I may say that the trip did Mr Hart good also. He left Napier on Saturday last per 'Easty' S.S. steamer as he was wanted on Wellington by the 12th inst.

Things are doing pritty well at the station. A number of sheep & rams sold and today they are dipping the lambs and I believe the dip is going to answer very well.

I received a packet of seeds with your hand writing or Mr Kinrosses as at times he writes like you. Douglas is quite well and so is Annabella.


Yours ever
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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