|Parlington Park near Ferrybridge June 13/11 1807|
Observing in your paper of the 11th of this month an account of the affair between The Hon. Martin Hawke and myself, I have to inform you that on coming to the ground, I certainly called to Mr Hawke that I did not intend our meeting to end in child's play, but should hit him if I could. The remainder however, not being correct, I shall beg the favour of you to insert this in your next. I remain Sir your obedient servant.
Henry Francis Mellish Capt. 10th Light Dragoons