Secretaries of State: State Papers Military
Mostly letters and papers, dated 1702-1782, directed to the Secretaries of State in their military capacity, chiefly by the Secretary at War, and the Board of Ordnance (records primarily in SP 34), both activated by the Secretaries. Included are the copious military memoranda, statistical and financial, assembled by the secretaries and left by them in the State Paper Office. As most of the secretaries' out-letters to the Secretary at War survive only from 1755 this series provides useful evidence of the control exercised by the secretaries over the Secretary at War, as well as of their direct mandates to the military.
Some documents are dated as late as 1786, although it is clear that 1782 was intended as the terminal date for the series, which was formerly known as State Papers Domestic Military.
After the retirement of William Blathwayt in 1704, Secretaries at War were usually junior politicians who took their orders from the Secretaries of State in military matters, if the latter did not issue them direct to the military.
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