Object #1027015 from MS-Papers-0032-0816

3 pages 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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English (MD)

Hobson Street
May 7th 1874


Mon chere frere

Had both your letters. One from Auckland, the other from Sydney. We hoped to have heard of you yesterday as the Melbourne mail was in but we conclude you would be on your way from Sydney to

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Melbourne or otherwise engaged as no tidings have reached us by this mail. We are not without a little anxiety about letters & mails. We have had lovely weather here with an occasional break of a bad day. Matters are going on in all directions as smoothly as possible. Judge Rogan has finished his last sittings with great eclat and has gone on to Foxton. Nothing could excuse Sir James Fergusson's discretion in addressing the natives for which he meets with the approbation of the whole country. Surely you have a noble

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backing in him and it is to be hoped that the ministry as a whole will know now to duly appreciate his worth. He has more diplomacy along with the elements of a true statesman than any Gov N.Z. has ever been blessed with. Mackay I suppose is doing his best with

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English (MD)

Hobson Street
May 7th 1874


Mon chere frere

Had both your letters. One from Auckland, the other from Sydney. We hoped to have heard of you yesterday as the Melbourne mail was in but we conclude you would be on your way from Sydney to Melbourne or otherwise engaged as no tidings have reached us by this mail. We are not without a little anxiety about letters & mails. We have had lovely weather here with an occasional break of a bad day. Matters are going on in all directions as smoothly as possible. Judge Rogan has finished his last sittings with great eclat and has gone on to Foxton. Nothing could excuse Sir James Fergusson's discretion in addressing the natives for which he meets with the approbation of the whole country. Surely you have a noble backing in him and it is to be hoped that the ministry as a whole will know now to duly appreciate his worth. He has more diplomacy along with the elements of a true statesman than any Gov N.Z. has ever been blessed with. Mackay I suppose is doing his best with

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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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