|Content Description||The earliest correspondence is this series is to Mary Ann Hamond (1806-1900), eldest daughter of John Musters and Mary Ann (Chaworth) Musters of Annesley and Colwick. She married Anthony Hamond of Westacre, Norfolk, and in her widowhood lived at Swaffham. Her brother John George Musters married Anthony's sister Emily Hamond (1818-1845), and her sister Sophia Caroline (1811-1894) married Anthony's younger brother Robert Nicholas Hamond, strengthening the links between the two families. 40 of the letters are from Mary Ann's mother Mary Ann Musters (1785-1832), the Chaworth heiress, and from Mary Ann's sister Sophia Caroline. The letters were found in a wooden storage box labelled 'Musters letters from Swaffham - given me at her mother's death by Fanny Hamond, June 1900'. The label suggests that the box of letters was sent by Mary Ann Hamond's daughter Fanny to Caroline A. Chaworth Musters at Annesley Hall.|
Also found with the wooden box, although perhaps not originally stored within it, were a number of mid-19th century letters relating to the Lowe/Sherbrooke family of Oxton, Nottinghamshire. They were probably collected by Caroline A. Chaworth Musters, née Sherbrooke (1842-1912) and added to the box after it came to Annesley in 1900. There is also a series of letters addressed to her sister-in-law Mary Anne Packe, née Musters (1839-1881). Another series of correspondence concerns John George Musters and Emily Musters, née Hamond.
Later family correspondence includes an important series of First World War letters, sent by six of the seven Chaworth-Musters boys to their parents Patricius and Mary Ann Chaworth Musters from the front line. Three of the six were killed during the course of the conflict.
For further details see entries for ChM/C/1 - ChM/C/20.