Catalogue description Foreign Office and predecessors: Political and Other Departments: Miscellanea, Series I
|Title:||Foreign Office and predecessors: Political and Other Departments: Miscellanea, Series I|
This series contains miscellanea, consisting of the following:
Arranged under the following subject headings, which are related to the diverse nature and origins of the material in the series:
Registers of correspondence: 1782-1818. These are in three main groups:
Supplementary correspondence: 1763-1857; 1887-1918; 1931-1938. This consists mainly of unbound papers for the period 1763-1857. These are of a miscellaneous nature and include original correspondence, drafts, duplicates, minutes, memoranda, intelligence reports and intercepted correspondence. Many, although relating to overseas affairs, appear to have originated not in the Foreign Office but in the offices of the other Secretaries of State. They have probably been placed in this series in the course of sorting in the State Paper Office or the Public Record Office. This Supplementary Correspondence is here listed in some detail under countries, with separate sections for Domestic and General and "Treaty Papers", as follows:
Entry books, secretaries of states: 1789-1823. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries entry books of official despatches received and sent were made up for the private use of the Secretaries of State (from 1795 by the Précis Writer), who normally took them away on leaving office. This group includes entry books of this nature which for one reason or another remained in the Foreign Office. Each Secretary of State from Leeds to Canning's second Secretaryship is represented, but in most cases by only a few isolated volumes.
There are, however, fairly complete sets for the Secretaryships of Hawkesbury (1801-1804), Mulgrave (1805-1806), Fox and Howick (1806-1807) and Castlereagh (1812-1822). Entries except those for Bathurst's brief Secretaryship in 1809) are in country volumes, usually with separate volumes for précis of despatches (received) and copies of drafts (sent).
Castlereagh's entry books are supplemented by a number of bound volumes of duplicate despatches ("Précis Appendix Volumes") and are parallelled by entry books arranged on a different basis and possibly of official origin: (i) a series of Southern Department country volumes of précis of despatches arranged by subjects; and (ii) entry books of foreign and domestic drafts entered chronologically in separate series for the Southern and (from 1815) Northern Departments.
Entry books, official: 1761-1836. With the possible exception of the entry books from Castlereagh's Secretaryship just mentioned the Foreign Office does not appear to have maintained a regular series of official entry books of foreign correspondence. This group contains an entry book for Holland for 1771; a few miscellaneous foreign entry books, 1782-1833; and entry books for Morocco, 1825-1836, inherited from the Colonial Office, where they had formed part of a series of entry books for the Barbary States now divided between a number of series
On the other hand the entry books of domestic drafts kept in the offices of the Secretaries of State before 1782 were continued in the Foreign Office. Those to 1822 (including entry books of letters to the Admiralty going back to as early as 1761) are in this group.
Establishment papers: 1772-1857. These relate to Foreign Service Messengers, Consular establishments and Slave Trade Department expenses, with one box of correspondence and papers listed in detail under supplementary correspondence: domestic and general.
Treaty and Royal Letter Department: 1639-1942.
Library. This group contains a few papers for the period 1793-1803 relating to Foreign Office records in the State Paper Office, an index to "Public Documents" (a collection of newspaper extracts) in the Library, 1810-1815, and a number of bound drafts and copies of and notes for memoranda.
Archives: 1789-1840. These include a few miscellaneous archives of Missions, Commissions and Special Missions, the last consisting mainly of accounts.
Extraneous and miscellaneous: 1672-1720; 1789-1829. These include the correspondence and papers of Jean Antoine de Mesmes, Comte d'Avaux, a French diplomat, 1672-1702; a MS copy of Mémoires Historiques of the Marquis de Dangeau, 1684-1720; papers of Philip d'Auvergne, Prince de Bouillon, 1793-1815, and of Charles Alexandre de Calonne, 1787-1792, French emigrés.
See also State Papers: Foreign in Division within SP
For records of the American Loyalist Claims Commission see T 79
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Physical description:||808 volume(s)|
|Unpublished finding aids:||
The obsolete pre 1923 FO 95 catalogue is in OBS 1/1049/15.
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