Catalogue description Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, William and Mary

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Reference: SP 32
Title: Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, William and Mary

An assortment of documents relating to domestic matters, including in-letters, petitions, business papers and memoranda, left in the State Paper Office by retiring Secretaries of State during the reign of William and Mary (from December 1694 that of William III). The material covers a wide range of individual applications regarding patronage, passports, trials, evidence of censorship and intelligence gathering, newsletters and printed royal speeches to Parliament and votes of the Commons.

Date: 1689-1702

The arrangement is generally chronological, though usually undated papers, believed to belong to a particular year, are added after the dated papers for December of the same year.

Separated material:

Important papers, regarded as private papers, were removed by the secretaries according to the practice of the day.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 17 box(es)
Access conditions: Available in microform only
Publication note:

Nearly all are calendared in Calendar of State Papers Domestic series of the reign of William and Mary ed W J Hardy and E Bateson (London 1895-1937). Please speak to staff at the Map and Large Document Room enquiry desk for the precise location.

Administrative / biographical background:

The Secretaries of State during this period were the Earls of Shrewsbury and Nottingham, Viscount Sydney, Sir John Trenchard, Sir William Trumball, James Vernon, the Earls of Jersey and Manchester, and Sir Charles Hedges.

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