Posted by Peter Lester at 04/03/2014 16:52:22
Letters and other personal papers may be deposited with Nottinghamshire Archives as discreet collections, but sometimes odd items can be found within other documents. This letter was found within a ledger (reference: DD/1089/1) of Joseph Meads, cattle dealer and butcher of Chilwell, and seems to be quite unrelated to the rest of the collection.
The letter is quite 'gossipy' in nature, and discusses old Mrs Landers' forthcoming sale amongst other things, including 'goings on' next door. The neighbour, Sarah, has run away and not returned, and that the previous might Sarah and her father were quarrelling about pancakes and he threatened to turn her our, so she had gone.
Unfortunately the letter does not elaborate any more, nor offer any possible reasons why Sarah and her father were arguing about pancakes, but it does show how people's personal experiences always have been, and always will be, the subject of conversation among family and friends.
Read a transcript of the letter [PDF 7KB]
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