Ince & Mayhew Seal
The National Library of Wales owns two letters written by William Ince to Richard Myddleton at Chirk Castle, one on 3rd October, 1782 and the other on 11th September, 1783 (E5126-E5128). I was able to purchase digital copies of them for my research.
Interestingly one sheet has the address written on it with the wax seal that was used to seal it. At first I thought the seal said I & M, then I realised that the letter had been folded so the seal should be read the other way up. Turning the photo round revealed a very clear M & I stamped on the wax.
I have traced the lettering to create a rough impression of their 'logo', bearing in mind that the wax would have spread and that the letter is over two hundred and thirty years old. The I is very similar to the I in William Ince's signature and is cleverly wound round the front of the M. I am using a mini-version of the seal as the favicon for this website - the little icon on each page.
Sarah Ingle is the great great great great grand-daughter of William Ince and has been researching her family history for a number of years. She thoroughly enjoyed the detective work involved in tracing William’s lineage.