Object #1033118 from MS-Papers-0032-0817
From: Inward family correspondence - Archibald John McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0817 (65 digitised items). Letters written on board ship or from various ports, 1847-1858 prior to his arrival in New Zealand in mid-1858. From then on the letters are almost all written from Maraekakaho about station matters.
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Weight of wool
No 1 3.0.16
52 3.2.09 lambs
53 3.0.06 lambs
54 2.3.21 lambs
55 2.3.22 lambs
56 2.3.16 lambs
57 2.2.09 ewe
58 2.0.02 ewe
59 2.2.26 ewe
60 3.1.18 lambs
61 3.1.00 lambs
62 2.3.24 lambs
63 2.3.24 lambs
64 3.1.03 lambs
65 3.1.04 lambs
66 3.1.20 lambs
The small bale that was at the station was sent to T K Newton's to be shipped to Tyree to Alex's nurse. The left orders with old Archy to send it. I dare say Newton will have the weight as they were to ship it. It was a small half bale. That is all the wool that left the station this year and the gross weight as I got it of Smith & Co books.
Horses sent first trip from station. Sampson entire out of old Salute a black mare that came from Wellington, a small Maorie mare of Alex, his own and Jack the donkey.
2nd trip. Two year old colt out of Tramp
1 filly 2 year old
1 black mare & fold
Boliver filly that you sent from Auckland
2 brocken in bullocks and 3 that he bought from the Priest. The sheep you have on account of Col Mear as I know & I believe to be correct.
The 44 to Canning were ewes belonging to Canning that he bought of MacDonald. As to those for Carrol I believe he exchanged for horses & mares but all those matters I cannot gave you any account of as I never could find out the truth about any of those transactions. The ewes to Oliver were sold to Tolmeach so I was let to understand and as you will have to know many other matters you cannot get it clear till you see Alex himself.
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You mention in your note when I ask those gentlemen about the sheep not to do it disagreeable. My dear brother it is well to be cautioned but I never intend to ask any one about any of Alex transactions particularly strangers. I will leave that part between you and him to settle. Poor fellow for all he often treated me very rude and bad in many ways if I could only get him to do what was wright I would be glad but it is a source of great grief to me the way he went on and concealed everything from me. I always thought he of late wrote you of all his transactions to show you how he wished to keep me in the dark about everything. Here is an instance this day when trying to make up accounts of wages to send to you I asked the stock boy indeed I came round him quitely what wages he had and if he had earned any money from Alex that I might know what his wages came to. He told me that Alex told him not to tell his wages or agreement with him to any one so was I to ask any of the rest they would perhaps tell me the same therefore I will not do so. The old sheepherd McRae is certainly a very respectable and good man and one that is willing to do what is just and correct about the stock. Indeed nothing will go wrong in his department if he can help it. So was the other sheepherd Liveston a first rate lad. He will come back again when we want him. At present we can do without him. The stock boy is a very good and active lad two but he was told by Alex not do anything for me that old Archy was to be master over their. Of course I did not care much about this if all would go well but every one on the place dislikes him, indeed he certainly has queer ways and very lacey [lazy]. In place of being the first up in the morning, he is the last and the first to leave of at night. I do not want to put you against the man but I cannot keep the truth from you.
Inward family correspondence - Archibald John McLean (brother), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0817 (65 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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