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

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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

The main sequence 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.

Various attempts to list and describe the contents of this series over several decades have resulted in multiple foliations on each page.

SP 36/1- SP 36/72 are described at item level. The folio numbers used in these catalogue entries are pencilled numbers in a diamond shape ('diamond foliation').

SP 36/73- SP 36/105 are also described at item level. Where pieces consist of two parts, the item-level references include both the part number (1 or 2) and the stamped folio number for the first folio covered by that item. As some items consist of two or more folios, there are gaps in the item numbering sequence. The former reference field contains the diamond foliation range for these records.

Item-level entries for SP 36/106 onwards are currently (as of March 2019) being created, A manuscript descriptive list exists; the foliation in this list is the diamond foliation.

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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