Whilst transcribing the Marriage Registers for Lelant I came across the following letter from the Vicar of Lelant to the Registrar:
The Vicarage Lelant - June 1 1887
I have been expecting to hear about Entry 67 in the Marriage Register for this Parish referred to in your letter of yesterday.
The certified copy is correct - The man known locally by the nickname "Dicky Peero", gave his Christian name as Richard for the purpose of publishing the banns. As Richard I married him and entered Richard in column 2. When asked for his name for signature he gave John. On examination of the Baptismal Register I find on March 8th 1834 James, son of John & Marianne Pearce.
Such an error is not supposed possible in the examples of correction given in the Register. Would it be well to make a marginal note stating that "Richard Pearce in Col: 2 is the same as John in the signature and James in the Baptismal Register"?
The man is a Cook in a Coasting Vessel and it would be difficult to make him understand what he witnessed. The woman I have made understand the various readings of her husband's name.