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.
Sir Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Baron Wriothesley of Titchfield and 2nd Earl of Southampton, 1505-1550
The papers were held in the Treasury of the Receipt of the Exchequer, located in the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey. In 1832, the State Paper Commission requested the Home Office to order the transfer of the papers to the State Paper Office.
The records are calendared in Letters and Papers Foreign and Domestic of the Reign of Henry VIII ed J S Brewer J Gairdner and R H Brodie (London 1862-1932). Please speak to staff at the Map and Large Document Room enquiry desk for the precise location.
Administrative / biographical background:
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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