Apart from the publication of a number of local history works concerning the Nottinghamshire andDerbyshire areas, little is known about the writer Louis Mellard. One of his studies, which appearedunder the title Nottingham in the days of Dick Turpin, was printed in Nottingham in 1924. Itdescribes aspects of criminal activity in the town in the 18th century. This was reprinted, with corrections and additions, from two articles published in The Nottingham Evening Post on 17 and 26 January 1924 and it seems possible that he placed other essays too in in local journals and newspapers.
His Sporting stories of the Midlands (Nottingham: Swift Press Syndicate, 1925) indicatesthat Mellard was then living at 9 Watcombe Circus, Carrington, Nottinghamshire. This essay makesreference to his authorship of Lost Romances of the Midlands, Shelford Tommy, the Ventriloquist and Historic Nottingham, none of which is recorded in published form in the catalogue of the British Library. In Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (Nottingham: The Lenton Press, 1925), Mellard provided drawings and photographs of local scenes with descriptions of thehistory of different towns and communities in the area.
Mellard seems to have been also the editor of a periodical or occasional local miscellany entitlePot Pourri. A collection of trifles, of which volumes one and two (January and February 1896) are recorded at the British Library.
The story of the Nottingham ventriloquist James Burne, alias Shelford Tommy, is given by JohnThrosby in his revised edition of The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire by Robert Thoroton (1797), vol ii, pp 149-150.