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From Joan Varley, historian. Varley collaborated with Tait on the editions of the Middlewich cartulary, published in two volumes in 1941 and 1944.

223/1 18 Mar 1939, praises Tait's article on Runcorn Norton priory, and thanks for comments on the manuscript she submitted to Chetham Society. Currently working on a history of Delamere forest.

223/2 30 Jun 1940, mentions wartime conditions, noting Frodsham where she lives is not safe from air-raids. Agrees to join Chetham Society. Tait's comments on her research, also discusses identity of (includes some comments in margin by Tait) courts at Middlewich and Northwich.

223/3-4 26 Sep 1940, and 31 Oct 1940, thanks for comments re. "judgers" in her introduction to her book [i.e. NS 105 A Middlewich cartulary compiled by William Vernon in the seventeenth century, pt.1 (Chetham Society NS 105 1941)]. Explains the organization of the book, and comments on some of its contents.

223/5 19 Jan 1942, working on second volume of the Middlewich cartulary, explains other demands on her time.

223/6 1 Dec 1943, thanks for his assistance on "Middlewich".

223/7 8 Dec 1943, place name surnames at Middlewich; advice on the inclusion of English summaries in second volume.

223/8 25 Feb 1944, re. the location of John Booth's "Liber " in the Earwaker manuscripts at Grosvenor Museum, Chester; wants Schram's opinion on word "demsene".