Catalogue description Signet Office: Warrant Books

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Details of SP 40
Reference: SP 40
Title: Signet Office: Warrant Books

Entry books of warrants to the Exchequer passed under the Signet (the seal in the control of the Secretaries of State, which conceivably belonged to the Signet Office), for payment of recurring sums (dormant warrants) and single sums, to people on crown service, and a volume apparently kept as a precedent book by people in the employ of the Secretaries of State, containing official letters on domestic, Border, Irish, Scottish, and foreign affairs, copies of personal letters from Elizabeth I (to Henry Sidney on the death of his daughter), appointments, commissions, warrants for payment, and calculations on the coinage.

This series was previously known as State Papers Domestic Warrant Books.

Date: 1554-1620
Related material:

For later volumes see:

FO 90

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Secretaries of State, 1782

Signet Office, 1444-1851

Physical description: 3 volume(s)
Publication note:

The domestic records are calendared in: Calendar of State Papers Domestic series of the reigns of Edward VI Mary Elizabeth ed. R Lemon and M A Everett Green (London 1856-1870) Calendar of State Papers Domestic series at the reign of James I ed. M A Everett Green (London 1857-1859) Many items in the precedent book relating to foreign affairs may not have been calendared. Please speak to staff at the Map and Large Document Room enquiry desk for the precise location.

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