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The Wellington Independent February 9th 1859

The barque Midlothian, from London, arrived in port on Saturday evening, having called at Nelson and landed a number of Passengers destined for that place. She left the Downs on 18th October, crossed the Equator on 19th November, and sighted New Zealand on 25th January. She was becalmed off the land for three days and reached Nelson on the 29th.Very boisterous weather was experienced throughout the greater part of the voyage, and when in latitude 50o off the Cape of Good Hope, a number of icebergs were passed, one of which appeared to be about three miles in circumference. The Midlothian brings about 25 settlers for Wellington and, from a letter which appears in our advertising columns today, presented at nelson to Captain Grant, it will be seen how much his kindness and attention have been appreciated by his passengers throughout their somewhat roughbut otherwise favourable passage. The Midlothian loads at Port Underwood for London. Captain Grant reports that the Duchess of Leinster, sailed from the Downs for Nelson on 16th October.