Part II: State Papers Foreign – Low Countries and Germany
Size: Over 1000 volumes of manuscript documents (approx. 360,000 folios)
Manuscript series: The National Archives, UK: SP 77, 80-82, 84, 87,96, 101, 105
Publication date: June 2015
Part II: State Papers Foreign contain the papers written or received by the secretaries of state as a result of their conduct of British diplomacy in the Low Countries and Germany through the 18th century.
• correspondence with English diplomats abroad and foreign diplomats in England
• original and draft treaties
• letters between heads of state
• intercepted despatches and other intelligence
• working papers of the secretaries
• material relating to military, naval and colonial policy
Part II expands on the domestic papers in Part I and presents the first section of the foreign papers during the reigns of George I to George III (until 1782 when the State Papers series ends).
The collection turns its lens on the 18th century world beyond England, documenting the relationship of the Hanoverian reign with Flanders, Holland and Germany, with particular focus on European powers such as the Holy Roman Empire and German States and German Towns. It also includes the Military Expedition series and the Archives of British Legations.
The included volumes provide the correspondence, communications and conduct of events which were discussed in internal documents in the domestic papers of Part I, such as the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years War, detailed in correspondences from the British Diplomatic Representative, reports from British agents, correspondence from other ambassadors and advisers, letters to and from the King and the Holy Roman Emperors, and representatives of the States General, compensation claims, petitions and royal warrants. It provides users with the ability to browse and search manuscript material from over 1000 volumes.
Part II’s detailed coverage of international diplomacy offers 18th century scholars fresh insights into the workings of the Hanoverian court and those of its allies and enemies in Europe.
Part II will be followed by Parts III and IV which extends coverage into Northern, Western and Eastern Europe and Turkey.
Manuscript series in Part II include:
SP 77: State Papers Foreign, Flanders
SP 80: State Papers Foreign, Holy Roman Empire
SP 81: State Papers Foreign, German States
SP 82: State Papers Foreign, Hamburg and Hanse Towns
SP 84: State Papers Foreign, Holland
SP 87: State Papers Foreign, Military Expeditions
SP 96: State Papers Foreign, Switzerland
SP 101: State Papers Foreign, Newsletters
SP 105: State Papers Foreign, Archives of British Legations
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