War Office and predecessors: Secretary-at-War, Secretary of State for War, and Commander-in-Chief, In-letters and Miscellaneous Papers
These consist of original despatches, letters and papers sent to the Secretary-at-War, 1755 to 1795, and to the Secretary of State for War, 1794 to 1865. Those sent to the Secretary of State relate for the most part to the conduct of the French Wars or to the military business of the Colonial Office (CO) from the late 1840s onwards. There are also some bundles of correspondence sent to the Commander-in-Chief (or to his subordinates the Military Secretary and the Adjutant-General); and some miscellaneous books. The series also contains letters, catalogued in detail, from Philip D' Auvergne, Prince de Bouillon.
Papers of the Secretary-at-War and the Secretary of State for War are arranged under the various military stations or public departments from which they were sent, or under the subjects with which they deal, or alphabetically by the name of the writer.
The War Office In-Letter books have been arranged in three main groups for listing pursposes. The first includes all the books of original dispatches from various commanders, the second consists of the correspondence received from other government departments, and the third of correspondence from other correspondents, arranged roughly by the alphabetical order of the surnames of the senders. This third group will be found however to include also certain correspondence which might be expected to be found in the volumes of the first two groups. It has been divided into two series - the first consisting of foolscap volumes, the second of smaller volumes.
Secretary of State for War, 1794-1801
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, 1801-1854
War Department, 1855-1857
War Office, 1857-1964
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