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1 350 th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Monarchy

2 Coming soon: a new series 16th century 17th century 18th century 19th Century 20th century State Papers (SP) series Home Office (HO) series 1782-present Foreign Office (FO) series 1782-present State Papers Online Parts I-IV, State Papers Online: 18C Parts I-III, The National Archives State and Government documents series

3 Date Range: Parts: 1 [British] Domestic, Military, Naval and Privy Council 2 Foreign Part 1 3 Foreign Part 2 Size: c. 300, ,000 folios per part Pub Date: Part 1: June 2013 The final section of the State Papers series from the National Archives, Kew, UK plus the Privy Council registers and files In 1782, the State Papers series was closed and the Home Office and Foreign Office series begun

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5 Academic Adviser Professor Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, UK National Archives Adviser Dr Katy Mair Early Modern Records Specialist The National Archives, Kew, UK

6 The Period of the Three Georges America as British colony until 1783 Age of change Liberty and commerce (ie political liberty and trade). Commerce was coming to be seen as the defining mark of modernity Establishment of the British Empire with Britain as dominant Colonial power Urban growth Development of agriculture, industrialisation, mechanisation Government by parliament with lesser role for the monarch – parliamentary monarchy Parliament as battleground /theatre of party politics. Whig v Tory Rise of professions European Enlightenment Developments in the public spheres of Europe – development of press and political associations Foreign travel and economic migration, deportation of convicts

7 Unique Features of the Product State Papers Online is a unique resource bringing unsearchable manuscript documents to the user in a searchable form. Each manuscript document is linked directly to its Calendar entry. This is a huge advance for faculty and students, saving them the difficulty and time, time which can now be spent examining the documents themselves Users can also browse through manuscript volumes, folio by folio, volume by volume or jump to a particular folio. Calendars Manuscripts interlinked

8 Unique Features of the Product Tools for researching and studying within the product Notepad for making notes or transcriptions Full screen view to enable close examination of the documents Wide zoom range to view small handwriting and annotations Links to online palaeography (handwriting) courses to improve skills in reading these documents Note : 17th-century documents are easier to read than sixteenth- century ones. This makes SPO III more accessible for undergraduate students with no palaeography skills.

9 Lord Justices to the King Whitehall South Sea Bubble We think it our duty at this time to acquaint your Majesty with the very extraordinary case which hath happened within this fortnight. The South Sea stock which was risen to so great a height, and wherein such vast numbers of your subjects are concerned in interest, is fallen so low that it hath brought a general discredit upon everything … Several other reasons are assigned too various and doubtful for us to enumerate to your Majesty, but we think the situation so dangerous, that we most humbly beg leave to represent to your Majesty how this great fall of the stocks hath already undone great numbers of your people, that despair or despondency is to be observed in them all in general, for there are but few families which are not concerned in these funds. We apprehend that the exchange may turn against this country and deprive us of great part of our species, many bankers and goldsmiths having already shut up shop, and as there is a run begun upon them, we fear it will not stop before others are brought to the same condition. In so general a calamity as this would prove, we dread the consequences it might have to your Majestys government, and fear it may excite the hopes of your enemies both at home and abroad, to make some dangerous attempt during the troubles and disorders which must arise from so extended a misfortune. At the same time we beg leave to acquaint your Majesty that some of your servants have been finding out means to put a stop to this evil; several of them have with great diligence and industry used their efforts to bring about an union of interest between the great companies of the bank, the South Sea and the East Indies, and we have reason to hope this fruit from their endeavours, that such a concert will appear between them as will give a new life to the credit of this nation. But as the necessities of many of the adventures are such that they must be obliged to sell their stocks at any rates, the market may be so crowded as to make this expedient ineffectual, and if it should have the desired effect at present we cannot answer how long it may continue. … September 21, 1720 SP 35/23 f. 54

10 Christopher Layer to Townshend Tower of London Atterbury Plot Praying that his life may be spared and complaining that, contrary to the promises of the Lords of the Committee, the evidence he gave at his examination was used against him at his trial and was the occasion of his conviction. November 24, 1722 SP35/34 f.59

11 Walter Evans to - Walter Evans of Brailes to – renewing complaints against the Papists there who have attempted to intimidate the witnesses for the Crown in the trial of persons accused of treasonable activities to be heard at Warwick Assizes. August 03, 1736 SP 36/39 f. 64

12 Scheme against the Kings Person Copy of deposition made before Lord Stanhope, by Peter Childe, of Essex Street, in the parish of St. Clement Danes, Middlesex, staymaker, to the effect that having started on his way home from Hampstead, about a quarter five in the afternoon, he overheard between that place and Kentish Town a conversation between three persons relating to a scheme against the Kings person concerted by the brother of one Williams. They were to meet at the house of Williams on the next Friday evening. He heard them mention the name of Kew several times. When discovered he was fired at twice, the first ball going through his hat. He was followed into the fields on this side Pancras Church, but escaped. December 17, 1760 SP 37/01 f. 9

13 Series title Vols SP 35: Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, George I, SP 36: Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, George II, SP 37: Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, George III, SP 38: Signet Office: Docquets 12 SP 41: Secretaries of State: State Papers Military 46 SP 42: Secretaries of State: State Papers Naval 132 SP 43: Secretaries of State: State Papers Regencies, George I and George II 128 SP 44: Secretaries of State: State Papers: Entry Books 217 SP 45: State Papers Office and other Bodies 25 SP 46: State Papers Domestic: Supplementary 17 SP 47: Secretaries of State: State Papers Channel Islands 8 SP 48: Secretaries of State: State Papers Isle of Man 2 SP 54: Secretaries of State: State Papers Scotland Series II, SP 55: Secretaries of State: State Papers Scotland: Letter Books 13 SP 56: Secretaries of State: State Papers Scotland: Church Books 6 SP 57: Secretaries of State: State Papers Scotland: Warrant Books 7 SP 63: State Paper Office: State Papers Ireland, Elizabeth I to George III 111 SP 67: Secretaries of State: State Papers Ireland, Entry Books 21 PC 2: Privy Council: Registers [ ] 44 PC 4: Privy Council: Minutes and Associated Papers 5 PC 5: Privy Council Office: Plantation Books 10 PC 6: Privy Council Office: Miscellaneous Books and Correspondence Registers 4 PC 13: Privy Council Office: Sheriffs' Lists 1 Totals 1120 Part I: State Papers Domestic, Naval, Military and Registers of the Privy Council

14 Part II: Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Netherlands and Germany Manuscript series Series TitleVols SP 75: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Denmark104 SP 77: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Flanders49 SP 80: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Holy Roman Empire210 SP 81: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, German States98 SP 82: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Hamburg and Hanse Towns73 SP 84: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Holland340 SP 87: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Military Expeditions40 SP 88: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Poland and Saxony96 SP 90: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Prussia101 SP 91: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Russia103 SP 95: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Sweden116 SP 97: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Turkey38 SP 105: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Archives of British Legations118 SP 110: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Supplementary65 Total1551

15 Part III: Foreign B: Western Europe Manuscript series Series titleVols SP 71: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Barbary States 16 SP 76: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Dunkirk 9 SP 78: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, France 178 SP 79: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Genoa 19 SP 85: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Italian States and Rome 3 SP 86: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Malta 2 SP 89: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Portugal 69 SP 92: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Savoy and Sardinia 62 SP 93: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Sicily and Naples 29 SP 94: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Spain 173 SP 96: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Switzerland 36 SP 98: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Tuscany 63 SP 99: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Venice 22 SP 100: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Foreign Ministers (in England) 70 SP 101: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Newsletters 19 SP 102: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Royal Letters 62 SP 103: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Treaty Papers 49 SP 104: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Entry Books 51 SP 106: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Ciphers 58 SP 107: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Confidential 110 SP 108: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Treaties 532 SP 109: Secretaries of State: State Papers Foreign, Various 88 Totals 1720

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