State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782

Behind the Scenes in Early Britain.

State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 gives researchers and students unprecedented access to British government records during the Age of Enlightenment.

Request for the supply of arms: (firelocks; bayonets; pistols) to the Earl of Stair's, Sir John Cope's and the Earl of Rothess's Regiments of Dragoons to replace those lost on campaign in Flanders. Document Ref.: SP 41/18 f.39 Folio Numbers: ff. 39- Date: Feb 1747 Source Archive: The National Archives of the UK Gale Document Number: MC4605980037 State Papers Online, Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016 COPYRIGHT Reproduced by kind permission of The National Archives.
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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782

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) and George II (1727-1760) and part of the reign of George III (up to 1782), the series provides unparalleled access to thousands of manuscripts that reveal the behind-the-scenes, day-to-day running of the British 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 Britain and Europe the eighteenth century. The complete archive includes:

  • Part I: Domestic and Privy Council
  • Part II: State Papers Foreign: Low Countries and Germany
  • Parts III and IV will extend coverage to Northern, Western and Eastern Europe, and Turkey.


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