The letters of Henry Francis Mellish to his sister Ann (Me 4 C 1, 1808-1816), relate closely to a group of copy letters from Henry Francis Mellish which are catalogued as Me 2L 4/3 (1808-1809), and which together provide a significant account of events in Spain and Portugal during the Peninsular War.
Other correspondence has been grouped by recipient, principally Ann Chambers, Elizabeth Jane Mellish, William Leigh Mellish and Margaret Mellish. A large bundle of abstracted correspondence dates from 1660-1670 and is concerned with a legal dispute between Edward Mellish and Mr Sherrington. Me 4 C 11 contains the correspondence and papers of George Samuel Mellish, a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery serving in India and including letters to his family, bills, receipts, and assorted ephemeral items.
Four deeds relate to land in Blyth, Ramsgate and the marriage of Samuel Mellish and Joane Harvey (1663-1807)
The estate papers (1704-20th century) primarily date from Ann Chamber's ownership of Hodsock (1817-1855) and include assorted household and farm accounts, inventories, and correspondence with her agent John Horncastle (1816-1830). Also present are printed catalogues for various sales and auctions (1839-1861).
The section of family and personal papers contains a variety of material including a small amount of antiquarian and genealogical notes as well as a number of certificates, and a postcard photograph of Hodsock Priory.
A small quantity of manuscript volumes have been grouped together, containing journal entries, genealogical notes, travel accounts and diary entries relating to tours of Europe and Egypt are of particular interest; most of these volumes are anonymous but an attempt has been made to identify the owner based on the content. (Me 4 J 1-5). Three further notebooks have been used to record cavalry manoeuvres, minutes of East Kent Commission of sewers and various recipes. (Me 4 J 6-8).
Printed material includes newspaper cuttings and ephemera as well as published volumes and pamphlets, mainly belonging to Henry Mellish.