Correspondence and papers of the Secretary of State concerning the Revolt of the Netherlands against the rule of Spain.
The documents are mainly original in-letters and despatches (with some copies and extracts) to Sir Francis Walsingham, Secretary of State, with others addressed to Queen Elizabeth I and Lord Burghley, Lord Treasurer. Most of the letters are from the English ambassadors, envoys and agents sent to William, Prince of Orange, and the States General, but a number are signed by the Prince of Orange and his ministers, representatives of the Dutch Republic in England, the States General, the States of Holland, Zeeland and Brabant, the Four Members of Flanders, the Duke of Anjou, and foreign nationals in the Low Countries.
The documents are mostly dated at various towns and cities in the Low Countries, but particularly at Brussels, Antwerp, Middelburg, Bruges and Delft. The despatches include those of Lord Cobham and Walsingham while the two were sent as special ambassadors to the States General in 1578.
Also in the series are many letters to William Davison (Resident Agent, August 1577 to May 1579, Special Ambassador, October 1584 to June 1585) from Walsingham, Thomas Wilson (Walsingham's fellow Secretary of State), and the Earl of Leicester. A number of instructions to the English representatives, signed by the Queen, memoranda and minutes by or for the Secretary of State on a range of subjects, and some memorials and newsletters (eg from Antwerp and Cologne) are also included.