Document ReferenceMe C 1-38
Date Of Creation1683-1853
Content DescriptionThe series of correspondence is divided into two sections. The first (Me C 1-32) consists of bundles of loose letters. The second section (Me C 33-38) consists of letter books and modern copies of letters.

The correspondence mainly relates to four members of the Mellish family. Sections Me C 1-12 contain the correspondence of Edward Mellish (1633-1703). The correspondence includes letters from various family members including Sarah Matthewes, Tobiah Harvey, Daniel and Martha Baker, John Gardner, and Thomas and Mary Newland, and relates to business, family and estate matters.

Sections Me C 13-24 contain the correspondence of Joseph Mellish (1675-1733). The correspondence includes papers relating to his time at Cambridge and to the navigation of the River Dun, as well as letters sent to him by his sons.

Sections Me C 25-30 contain the correspondence of Charles Mellish (1737-1797). The correspondence includes letters from General Henry Clinton and others involved in the American War of Independence.

A final group of letters (Me C 31-32) relate to William Cecil Chambers and his wife Anne Chambers, née Mellish (1781-1855). Further letters concerning this branch of the family are to be found in the series of estate papers (Me E) whilst further correspondence, much of it closely related to that described here, is to be found in a subsequent accrual catalogued as Me 2.

The letter books Me C 33-38 include items relating to Joseph Mellish's father Samuel Mellish (1634-1707), and copy letters from William Mellish Chambers (d 1845) on a tour of Europe, Egypt and Palestine in the 1830s. A travel journal relating to the same tour is listed at Me J 8.
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