Catalogue description War Office and predecessors: Secretary-at-War, Secretary of State for War, and Commander-in-Chief, In-letters and Miscellaneous Papers
|Title:||War Office and predecessors: Secretary-at-War, Secretary of State for War, and Commander-in-Chief, In-letters and Miscellaneous Papers|
These consist of original despatches, letters and papers sent to the Secretary-at-War, 1755 to 1795, and to the Secretary of State for War, 1794 to 1865. Those sent to the Secretary of State relate for the most part to the conduct of the French Wars or to the military business of the Colonial Office (CO) from the late 1840s onwards. There are also some bundles of correspondence sent to the Commander-in-Chief (or to his subordinates the Military Secretary and the Adjutant-General); and some miscellaneous books. The series also contains letters, catalogued in detail, from Philip D' Auvergne, Prince de Bouillon.
Papers of the Secretary-at-War and the Secretary of State for War are arranged under the various military stations or public departments from which they were sent, or under the subjects with which they deal, or alphabetically by the name of the writer.
The papers are also grouped into two larger and two smaller subseries:
I: Records of the old War Office (Secretary-at-War), arranged into three groups:
II: Records of the War Department (Secretary of State for War), arranged into four groups:
III: Loose bundles of despatches addressed to the Commander-in-Chief.
IV: Miscellaneous volumes.
For other papers relating to the Prince de Bouillon see:
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Secretary of State for War, 1794-1801
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, 1801-1854
War Department, 1855-1857
War Office, 1857-1964
|Physical description:||1138 bundles and volumes|
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