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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782:

Part I: State Papers Domestic, Military and Naval and the Registers of the Privy Council


Size:
Over 1200 volumes of manuscript documents (approx. 300,000 folios)

Manuscript series: The National Archives, UK: SP 35-38, 41-46, 48, 54-57,63, 67, PC 1, PC 2, PC 4-6, PC 13

Publication date: June 2013

State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 is a three part series that extends Gale’s widely acclaimed British State Papers Online programme into the eighteenth century giving researchers and students unprecedented access to British Government records during the Age of Enlightenment.


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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 represents the final section of the State Papers series from the National Archives in the UK before the series was closed and replaced by the Home Office and Foreign Office series in 1782. Covering the reigns of the Hanover rulers George I (1714-1727), George II (1727-1760) and part of the reign of George III (up to 1782), the manuscripts that reveal the behind the scenes, day-to-day running of Government during the eighteenth century. As such, State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 is vital to any understanding of the political, social and economic history of the period and an essential resource for any scholar or student studying the eighteenth century.

Part I: State Papers Domestic, Military and Naval and the Registers of the Privy Council
focuses research on British domestic politics and society in an age punctuated by plots, rebellions, uprisings and financial crises. Researchers will find a wealth of once classified detail about the reigns of the three Georges including behind the scenes accounts of the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745; the development of Cabinet government; the ascension of George II and the consolidation of Whig supremacy; the riots surrounding libertarian politician John Wilkes and the St George’s Fields Massacre; and the inept handling of the colonies that marred the early years of George III’s reign.

State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century series is cross-searchable with the original State Papers Online, series, harnessing all the same sophisticated search technology to streamline the research process. The Eighteenth Century series serves as the ideal complement to the manuscripts in State Papers Online 1509-1714, the books in Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and the wealth of Home Office records that can be found in Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO). The series offers scholars an invaluable tool to further enrich research into the British and European eighteenth century.

Part I is further complemented by the following parts II, III and IV, which will cover the extensive ‘foreign’ government records of the Secretaries of State of the Northern and Southern Departments, focusing on Britain’s relations with its colonies, its European neighbours, and Imperial Russia.

Key themes include:

•    Political liberty and trade

•    Britain’s role as dominant Colonial power

•    Urban growth and industrialisation

•    Parliamentary monarchy

•    Rise of the professional classes

•    European Enlightenment

•    Development of press and political associations

•    Foreign travel and economic migration



Key events include:

•    1716: Failure of “The Fifteen” Jacobite rebellion

•    1720: South Sea Bubble – the 18th Century’s most significant financial crisis

•    1722-1723: The Atterbury Plot

•    1743: Battle of Dettingen in War of Austrian Succession

•    1746: Battle of Culloden in Jacobite Rebellion

•    1756: Start of the Seven Years War with France

•    1760: Death of George II. Succession of George III at the age of 22

•    1773: The Boston Tea Party

•    1775: Start of American War of Independence

•    1780: The Gordon Riots in London

•    1783: Ratification of the Treaty of Paris recognising the independence of American colonies



Manuscript series include:

•    SP 35: Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, George I, 1714-1727
•    SP 36: Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, George II, 1728-1760
•    SP 37: Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, George III, 1760-1783
•    SP 38: Signet Office: Docquets
•    SP 41: Secretaries of State: State Papers Military
•    SP 42: Secretaries of State: State Papers Naval
•    SP 43: Secretaries of State: State Papers Regencies, George I and George II
•    SP 44: Secretaries of State: State Papers: Entry Books
•    SP 45: State Papers Office and Other Bodies: Various Administrative Records, Precedents and Proclamations
•    SP 46: State Papers Domestic: Supplementary
•    SP 47: Secretaries of State: State Papers Channel Islands, 1733-1781
•    SP 48: Secretaries of State:  State Papers Isle of Man
•    SP 54: Secretaries of State: State Papers Scotland Series II, 1714-1783
•    SP 55: Secretaries of State: State Papers Scotland: Letter Books
•    SP 56: Secretaries of State: State Papers Scotland: Church Books
•    SP 57: Secretaries of State: State Papers Scotland: Warrant Books
•    SP 63: State Paper Office: State Papers Ireland, Elizabeth I to George III
•    SP 67: Secretaries of State: State Papers Ireland, Entry Books
•    PC 2: Privy Council: Registers
•    PC 4: Privy Council: Minutes and Associated Papers
•    PC 5: Privy Council Office: Plantation Books
•    PC 6: Privy Council: Miscellaneous Books and Correspondence Registers
•    PC 13: Privy Council Office: Sheriffs’ Lists




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