[Joseph Hunter, Sheffield antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Joseph Hunter') [to Miss Mellish], regarding Hodsock Priory and other antiquarian matters.

Joseph Hunter (1783-1861), Sheffield antiquary and Assistant Keeper of Public Records, whose papers are now at the British Library [William Leigh Mellish of Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire]
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30 Torrington Square [Bloomsbury, London]. 7 August 1854.
SKU: 22039

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, with central horizontal and vertical folds. The recipient is not named, but would appear to be a relation (sister?) of William Leigh Mellish (1813-1864), who would inherit Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire from his cousin Anne Chambers in the following year. The letter begins: 'Dear Madam, | I have to beg your acceptance of the Volume which accompanies this Note. It relates so very much to events which took place in your own neighbourhood, and to persons who two or three centuries ago occupied the places which now so many friends of yours are occupying, that I venture to think it may be of interest to you: and I am sure that you will be pleased with the beautiful verses with which Mr Milner has been pleased to grace my labours.' He has returned from a 'short excursion in Yorkshire', and at Felkirk he was surprised to find 'the vicar in the Church opened to receive the remains of Miss Monckton, and afterwards I met the Funeral on the road'. He describes his research into 'a body of Evidence […] upon some of the obscure points in the history of Hodsoke [sic]', and he laments that 'it will be very long indeed before the aera of the erection of your north gate-way can be placed out of the region of uncertainty, in which so many transactions of past ages must be left.' He discusses his researches into 'the birth of so eminent a person as Bishop Hare', before concluding with regards to 'Mr & Mrs Mellish'.