Letters addressed to Thomas Wriothesley, later Earl of Southampton and one of Henry VIII's principal secretaries, while he was clerk of the signet and secretary to Thomas Cromwell, principal secretary and vice-gerent of the Anglican church.
In April 1540, when Cromwell gave up the post of secretary, Wriothesley was appointed as one of the two replacement principal secretaries, with Ralph Sadler: these two men were subsequently seen as the first holders of the double office of Secretary of State.
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