Object #1026411 from MS-Papers-0032-0827
From: Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0827 (34 digitised items). Letters between Donald McLean and Susan. Donald's letters written from Hawke's Bay, Rangitikei, Taita and Wairapapa. Susan's letters from Dalmuir Hill, Wellington (the home of her parents (Robert and Susannah Strang).
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My dear Susan
I was much pleased to receive both your last letters. One of them came to hand at Turanga 200 miles from here and the last of the 7 I got here on my return and also found Mr Park and Pelichet waiting for me so that you conceive I have had but little spare time for writing of late. Moreover you must not suppose if a vessel should go in from the East Coast that you should receive a letter by it. For instance if you will look at the map you will at once see how widely extended the East Coast is and that although I move about a good deal I am not ubiquitous. The chances are excepting from Ahuriri
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Ahuriri that I never ever hear of vessels bound to Wellington. So Miss Maggy Paul is to be married to the amiable and good young Hunter. She ought not to want for venison. I should like to be at the wedding but that is not probable.
Your Porirua trip gave you a slight initiation of bush life. These darling mosquitoes are great favourites with the ladies everywhere as they kept their imagination alive even if they slightly injure their beauty.
I was glad to hear of your historical progress and the selection you are reading.
Mr Park tells me that I am expected in Wellington this month. How that report has arisen I know not for it will be impossible for me to be there before May next, if then. There is so much
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to attend to in this quarter and I begin already to feel that the cold weather and wet is setting in.
You must really forgive me Susan for a short hurried letter this morning. The vessel has hauled out of the river. I have several others to write yet, therefore believe me to remain in great haste
Always yours sincerely
March 14 1851
Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0827 (34 digitised items)
Series 9 Inwards family letters, Reference Number Series 9 Inwards family letters (1204 digitised items)
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