The Secretaries of State, 1681-1782.

1st Edition

Mark A. Thomson

Published June 5, 2019
Reference - 206 Pages
ISBN 9780367147778 - CAT# K412961
Series: Routledge Revivals


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Published in 1968: While giving a lucid account of the functions and difficulties of the office of Principal Secretary, the author shows clearly how the retention of this position was a characteristic example of the English habit of clinging to old forms in political matters long after these forms have ceased to bear any relationship to reality. Originally a clerk in the King's private household and writer of his letters, by the end of the seventeenth century the position had become a political office, second only in importance to that of Lord High Treasurer.

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