RefNoACM/18/2
TitleAgents' Correspondence: Period of the 12th, 13th and 14th Dukes of Norfolk
DescriptionBundles of letters, transferred from the Corn Exchange, Sheffield, which seem originally to have comprised two series, viz:

Letters addressed to the Duke's Sheffield agents (John Housman until about October, 1819, succeeded at that date by Michael Ellison); and to Ellison's managing clerk, Marcus Smith.

Letters addressed to the Duke's London and general agent (Sir Arthur Piggott until June, 1819, succeeded at that date by Edward Blount).

The London agent's correspondence is in all cases selective; much of it is naturally about Sheffield business, including series of letters from Ellison to Blount, as well as some from the Duke to Blount. Some also relate to the Sussex estate and to the Norfolk estates generally. There are a number of letters from Henry Howard of Corby (died 1842) to Piggott and Blount, most of which touch on Roman Catholic politics.

Among Ellison's correspondence are some letters from Thomas More and others, relating to More's Barnborough estate, for which Ellison acted as agent. Thomas More lived at Coughton Court, near Stratford-on-Avon [Warwickshire].

Probably early in the 20th century most of the bundles appear to have been drastically weeded, and amalgamated according to date, without regard to recipient. The London agent's correspondence is in all cases selective, much of it naturally about Sheffield business. Some also relate to the Sussex estate and to the Norfolk estates generally.
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RelatedMaterial<head>Related Material</head><p>See also Sheffield Archives fairbank Collection FC/CP50 letters to Marcus Smith, mainly re Norfolk estate business, 1825-1858</p><p>See also ACM/X/7</p>
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