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From Henry William Carless Davis, (1874-1928), historian.

56/1 15 Dec 1906, Tait's work for Surtees Society, difficulties in normalising names for an edition, will use forms of J. H. Round. Attached are notes and cuttings relating to among other things medieval Lancashire towns.

56/2 undated postcard, discusses Tait's article in English Historical Review [unidentified], concerning prevention of sale of plough teams of debtors.

56/3 10 May 1910, discusses Tait's use of Townley transcripts in the Chetham collection; the Roman fort at Manchester; opinions of [Charles] Oman on Roman Britain are heavily based on Haverfield, expresses difficulty in understanding Haverfield's conclusions; sends offprint, and hopes Tait can advise about location of certain medieval letters, some in custody of Lord Harlech. Davis opines that letters are "the only remaining class of medieval sources in which one may hope to find some information of human interest".

56/4 7 Dec 1922 thanks for corrections of manuscript of Dictionary of National Biography articles. Mentions projected volumes of Vorstudien, including a member of religious orders pensioned at Dissolution.

56/5 8 Sep 1924, his Dictionary of National Biography articles, says has not sent corrections for article on Sir John Oldcastle, relating to his children.