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more information on that subject. With very kind regards, Ever yours, mark Hughes, B. A. (Author of the Story of Staffordshire Tales and Legends of the Midlanue to them and to the present proprietor of Meaford (whose letters to Historian Hughes follow), who carefully copied the inscription in Caverswall church. Feb. 10th. Dear Mr. Hughes— Since I saw you the other night I have been hunting up the Cradocks. I find as I thought that they are related to us through the Parkerss all so very interesting. Yours sincerely, E. M. Parker Jervis. Dear Mr. Hughes— I send you today a Copy of an inscription on a Cradock tomb at Caverswallears later is also painted by a Saunders, which is curious. Feb. 9th. Dear Mr. Hughes. I believe I may have solved the difficulty about Medford. I had an idea r from the third (Jervis) letter that the difficulties referred to by Historian Hughes are, in a measure, cleared up. What may yet be learned we leave to future is
in Matthew Cradock (a contemporary M. P. for Stafford, the stiff-necked antagonist of Charles I,) of Caverswall. It will be noted (on p. 43) that our correspondent says the name Meaford is such a common one, which indicates that though some other Meaford or Metford may have been in the governor's mind, yet he may have named his colony after his friend's estate. We had arranged for the presentation of the three views of Meaford in this issue of the Register (see also Vol. XXIV, No. 4) as illustrative of Medford, England, from which Medford, Massachusetts, got its name. If later search proves otherwise, we will be consoled in having made the effort, and are pleased to present these pleasing views of scenes in Old England. We are also pleased to present the interesting letters of Historian Hughes and of the present lineal descendant of another Matthew Cradock, owner of Meaford Hall. It is apparent that they are not grouty old Englishmen, but find It is all so very interesting.