Catalogue description Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, George II

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Details of SP 36
Reference: SP 36
Title: Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, George II

Mainly in-letters addressed to, and papers assembled by, the Secretaries of State in their domestic capacity during the reign of George II and left in the State Paper Office. Papers of their Under Secretaries and other staff are included, as well as petitions from corporations or individuals, drafts of out-letters, warrants and papers relating to appointments.

Much relates to law and order and subversion. Material relating to the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 is abundant, and intelligence gathering and monitoring of newspapers, pamphlets and ballads permeates the period leading up to it. A few pieces relate specifically to Jacobites or Jacobite activity. Customs and excise matters also feature, and the secretaries' management duties regarding Privy Council business are reflected in the inclusion of orders in council, and there are also Cabinet minutes.

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Date: 1718-1760
Arrangement: Arrangement

Arrangement: Various archivists have sought to describe the contents of this series over the years, and this has created several different cataloguing systems and multiple foliations on each page, which can cause some difficulty when tracing a reference.

SP 36/1- SP 36/72 are described at item level, with the foliation in the description referring to the pencilled number in a diamond shape (diamond foliation).

SP 36/73- SP 36/105 are being catalogued as part of the Jacobite project, and when complete the entries will consist of a four part reference, eg SP 36/73/1/1. The item number is the last number of this reference, and equates to the folio number of the document (which is the stamped number not the diamond foliation for this part of the series). Please note that as the item numbers equate to the stamped folio numbers, not all item numbers have been used. The former reference field contains the diamond foliation range for the documents. The third number of the reference refers to the part number.

There are no descriptions for SP 36/106-163 on the catalogue, but there is a manuscript descriptive list available, please see the finding aids section below. The foliation in this list refers to the diamond foliation.

The main series of letters and papers are in chronological order. Undated material was, if possible, placed at the end of the year it was attributed to. Undated documents for which no year was initially allocated are in SP 36/146-150. Undated petitions and memorials are in SP 36/154-159.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Physical description: 163 bundles and volumes
Access conditions: Available in microform only unless otherwise stated
Unpublished finding aids:

The records are calendared in typescript to 1745 (Oct) with an index to 1744. A manuscript descriptive list covers the remainder of the series supplying foliation date nature and provenance only and is unindexed. The calendar and manuscript descriptive list are available in the public areas. Please speak to staff at the Map and Large Document Room enquiry desk for the precise location.

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