Thomas Ellis – the intended recipient of George Mellor’s last letter from York Castle

This article was originally published on Luddite Bicentenary, to further illustrate a post on the letter written by the Luddite George Mellor, whilst he was imprisoned in York Castle, awaiting trial.

George Mellor’s letter from York Castle was addressed to Thomas Ellis, a woolstapler, of Lockwood. Whether the survival of only copies indicates that the original was allowed to reach its destination is not known. The Home Office copy also names the intended recipient as ‘Hellice’. This spelling may have been used on the original if, as seems likely, the letter was passed by Mellor to someone on the outside with verbal instructions as to the address. Continue reading