Object #1033121 from MS-Papers-0032-0827

3 pages written 22 Jan 1851 by Sir Donald McLean

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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22 Jany [1851]




Ahuriri is an exceedingly dull place. The best thing about it is that you jump out of your bedroom window into the Bay & have a nice refreshing bathe before your eyes are quite open in the morning. It is quite a place for early hours. In the course of the week I intend taking a trip to the north of this where I may have a chance of again writing you. I have just finished a great number of letters for home but I fear as the Rose schooner has come in sight that I will not have time to write to Taranaki although I have several letters to

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answer. I shall have several sketches to show you when I get to Wellington besides a nice little terrier named Whiskey who is my companion in the tent. I will keep my letter open in case I may some more nonsense to add before the vessel sails as it is a head wind. If nothing more should occur I must say adieu!!

I should have written to Mamma but have nothing to write about. It seems you continue early rising having written a good long note before Miss Redish wakened at 7 am. Such industrious habits are most commendable an

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will do more to preserve your health and youth of which you are so ambitious than all your forebodings & repining because there are no more balls, dances, parties or excursion

Goodbye again Susan. Be a good girl as you promise in the note when sending the gloves & braid to Mr Bethune's & believe me to remain


Your very sincerely
Donald McLean

My reason for fancying that there may be a chance of writing to you from Tauranga is that I hear today that Wellington vessels frequently come there.

English (MD)

22 Jany [1851]




Ahuriri is an exceedingly dull place. The best thing about it is that you jump out of your bedroom window into the Bay & have a nice refreshing bathe before your eyes are quite open in the morning. It is quite a place for early hours. In the course of the week I intend taking a trip to the north of this where I may have a chance of again writing you. I have just finished a great number of letters for home but I fear as the Rose schooner has come in sight that I will not have time to write to Taranaki although I have several letters to answer. I shall have several sketches to show you when I get to Wellington besides a nice little terrier named Whiskey who is my companion in the tent. I will keep my letter open in case I may some more nonsense to add before the vessel sails as it is a head wind. If nothing more should occur I must say adieu!!

I should have written to Mamma but have nothing to write about. It seems you continue early rising having written a good long note before Miss Redish wakened at 7 am. Such industrious habits are most commendable an will do more to preserve your health and youth of which you are so ambitious than all your forebodings & repining because there are no more balls, dances, parties or excursion

Goodbye again Susan. Be a good girl as you promise in the note when sending the gloves & braid to Mr Bethune's & believe me to remain


Your very sincerely
Donald McLean

My reason for fancying that there may be a chance of writing to you from Tauranga is that I hear today that Wellington vessels frequently come there.

Part of:
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)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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