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Details of SP 44
Reference: SP 44
Title: Secretaries of State: State Papers: Entry Books

Entry books kept by the Secretaries of State mainly to 1782. The records, formerly known as 'S.P. Dom-Entry Books', comprise King's letters, secretary's letters, warrants, petitions and reports on them, caveats, licences and passes. Thus they reflect the outward dealings and in-office decisions of the secretaries, chiefly arising out of their domestic responsibilities, though there is some foreign material, and a few entries relate to Ireland.

The topics include: criminal matters; secretarial out-letters on domestic subjects; ecclesiastical, university and other educational and charitable foundations in which the crown had an interest; King's letters, written by the secretaries on the monarch's behalf, chiefly to excuse absentee office holders or nominate for charitable purposes; military and naval affairs (complementing the incoming military and naval papers); petitions and their referral; regencies (outletters from the secretaries while the monarch was out of the kingdom), together with the papers of the Lords Justices' Regency Council; Treasury letterbooks 1763-1783; and warrants (some separated from SP 57) and passes.

This series contains warrant books separated from HO 38

Date: 1660-1828

SP 44/1-76, which has very little material after 1688, is arranged by chronology and secretary, while the rest of the series is arranged topically.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 418 volume(s)
Access conditions: Normal Closure before FOI Act:
Publication note:

The series is calendared in part in the following Calendars of State Papers Domestic: Charles II: , eds M A E Green, F H B Daniell and F Bickley, 28 vols (London, 1860-1947) Calendars of State Papers Domestic: James II, ed J Timings, 3 vols (London, 1960-1973) Calendars of State Papers Domestic: William and Mary, eds W J Hardy and E Bateson, 11 vols (London, 1895-1937) Calendars of State Papers Domestic: Anne, ed R P Mahaffy, 2 vols (London, 1916-1924) Calendar of State Papers, Ireland 1660-1670, ed R P Mahaffy, 4 vols (London, 1905-1910) Calendar of State Papers, Colonial 1661-1680, eds W N Cawsbury and Hon J W Fortescue, 4 vols (London, 1880-1896) Home Office Papers of the Reign of George III eds J Redington and R A Roberts, 4 vols (London, 1878-1899). Extracts are printed in Records relating to Ministerial Meetings in the reign of George I 1714-1727 (List and Index Society vol 224, 1987).

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See also Secretaries of State: State Papers: Entry Books (formerly introductory note to SP 44)

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