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CROWN SERVANTS
Series One: The Papers of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, 1593-1641, from Sheffield Archives

[WWM STRAFFORD PAPERS – Please see digital guide on appropriate form of citations and references made from these papers.]

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INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS Supplied by Sheffield City Archives
82 folios
ff 1-61 Index
ff 62-82 Cover volumes 24-25
Str P 1: Letterbook of Strafford’s correspondence as Lord Deputy with officials and leading personages in Ireland, prior to his arrival in Dublin, January 1631-32 - December 1632. Preceded by instructions to previous Lords Deputy, 1611-28.
Str P 2: Letterbook in original parchment binding, January 1617 - January 1625.
Str P 3: Letterbook of Strafford’s correspondence with Charles I, Cottington and Weeston, June 1633 – April 1640.

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Str P 4: Copies of Royal Letters under the signet, warrants, etc … February 1632 – August 1638.
Str P 5: Letterbook of Strafford’s correspondence with the Royal Secretaries, Coke and Windebank, May 1633 - December 1634, and 1635.
Str P 6: Letterbook of Strafford’s correspondence with Archbishop Laud, November 1633 - November 1636. Bound in at the end is another volume of correspondence with the secretaries, Coke and Windebank, February 1638 – July 1640.

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Str P 7: Letterbook of Strafford’s correspondence with Archbishop Laud, November 1636 – May 1639.
Str P 8: Letterbook of miscellaneous correspondence, May 1633 – March 1636.
Str P 9: Letterbook of correspondence with the Spanish resident, Signor Nicolades, and his brother, and with John Taylor and Capt Plumbleigh, all concerning Spanish trade, shipping and pirates, July 1633 - December 1636. Bound in with this volume is the book of correspondence with Coke and Windebank; letters to Coke, 1635-37; letters from Coke and Windebank, 1634-37.

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Str P 10(A): Letterbook of miscellaneous correspondence, April 1637 - September 1639
Str P 10(B): Letterbook of miscellaneous correspondence, July 1638 – April 1640
Str P 11(A): Letterbook of miscellaneous correspondence, September 1637 – April 1640
Str P 11(B): Letterbook of correspondence with Coke and Windebank, August - December 1637

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46 GUARD-BOOKS OF STRAFFORD LETTERS AND PAPERS
Str P 12/1-77: April 1627 – August 1629
Str P 12/78-158: September 1629 - October 1630
Str P 12/159-237: November 1630 – July 1631
Str P 12/238-318: July 1631 – March 1632/3
Str P 13/1-80: April - October 1633

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Str P 13/81-155: November - December 1633
Str P 13/156-238: January – March 1633/4
Str P 14/1-88: March 1633/4 – May 1634
Str P 14/89-170: June - September 1634
Str P 14/171-243: October – December 1634

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Str P 14/244-342: January – March 1634/5
Str P 15/1-88: March – May 1635
Str P 15/-89-178: June – July 1634
Str P 15/179-254: August - October 1635
Str P 15/254-303: November – December 1635

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Str P 15/304-367: January – March 1635/6
Str P 16/1-78: March - October 1636
Str P 16/79-163: November 1636 – March 1636/7
Str P 16/168-262: Lord Clifford’s Letters
Str P 17/1-22: March – May 1637

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Str P 17/73-144: June – July 1637
Str P 17/145-217: August – October 1637
Str P 17/218-269: November - December 1637
Str P 17/270-325: January – March 1637/8
Str P 18/1-77: March – June 1638

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Str P 18/78-136: July – October 1638
Str P 18/37-188: November 1638 – March 1638/9
Str P 19/1-63: March – May 1639
Str P 19/64-134: June – November 1639; undated
Str P 20/1-99: From R MARRIS etc

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Str P 20/100-182: CHURCH AFFAIRS
Str P 20/183-271: 1546-1627
Str P 21/1-75: Original Letters 1611 - September 1631
Str P 21/76-140: Original Letters October 1631 - December 1635
Str P 21/141-215: Original Letters January 1635/6 - 1640

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Str P 22/1-52: Personal and Miscellaneous
Str P 22/53-109: Personal and Miscellaneous
Str P 22/110-165: Personal and Miscellaneous
Str P 23/1-14: Commissions and Papers, 1603-1639, some relating to previous Lords Deputy of Ireland; also Instructions and Papers relating to the Council of the North; Commissions for defective titles to Ireland 1638-1639; and the Commission for the Earl of Strafford to be Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1639.
Str P 24-25/1-76: Miscellaneous State Papers: Part 1
Speeches in the English Parliament; business of the Council of the North; General English and Scottish affairs (including legal cases).

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Str P 24-25/77-141: Miscellaneous State Papers: Part II
Miscellaneous Foreign Affairs; Irish general affairs, including Irish Parliamentary Papers.
Str P 24-25/142-208: Miscellaneous State Papers: Part III
The Irish Revenue; the establishment of a Mint in Ireland; the Irish Customs and trade regulations.
Str P 24-25/209-274: Miscellaneous State Papers: Part IV
The Irish Navy; the Army in Ireland.
Str P 24-25/275-350: Miscellaneous State Papers: Part V
Land and plantations in Ireland; Revenues and Plantation in Athlone; Irish industry and trade.

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Str P 24-25/351-427: Miscellaneous State Papers: Part VI
Irish petitions and Legal Papers of Private Persons.
Str P 24-25/428-482: Miscellaneous State Papers: Part VII
Papers in cases brought by Wentworth on behalf of the Crown: the Foulis Case; Youghall College and the Earl of Cork; the Mountnorris Case; Case of Nicholas Stephens etc ….; the Piers Crosbie Case; and the Case of Lord Chancellor Loftus. Also Imports on Wines and a few unspecified Plans.

OTHER PAPERS, NOTEBOOKS AND JOURNALS, INCLUDING ROYAL LETTERS
Str P 26: Houshold Book of Thomas Wentworth, 1617.

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Str P 27: Household Book of Thomas Wentworth, 1618-19.
Str P 28: Household Book of Thomas Wentworth, 1622-23.
Str P 29: Terrier and Survey of Strafford’s Yorkshire Estates, 1636.
Str P 30: Journal and notebook kept by Strafford during his French tour, 1612.

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Str P 31: Terrier of Lands belonging to the Rectories and Vicarages in the Deanery of Bedford, delivered at the Visitation of Bedford, 1634.
Str P 32: The Book of Offices in the King’s Household and Courts of Record, 1614.
Str P 33: The Book of Ordinances of the Queen’s Household, 1553.
Str P 34/1-18: Bundle of Documents, including: Printed Declaration showing the necessity of the Earl of Strafford’s suffering, 1641; List of representatives from counties and boroughs in the Parliament of 1620; Improvements in ye Bishoprics … 1636; A Survey of the government of Ireland; Letters from Strafford to Loftus; Letter from Wentworth to his son William; Letter from Wentworth to his father; miscellaneous notes and Family Trees.

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Str P 35: Copies of articles of impeachment against the Earl of Strafford, and copies of his answer.
Str P 36: A Summary of the evidence by my Lord of Strafford, … speech delivered on 12 April 1641.
Str P 37: Diurnal proceedings of both houses of Parliament, November 1640 – May 1641. Ms of Earl of Strafford’s Trial and other proceedings in Parliament.
Str P 38: Collection of autograph berses, being a New Year’s gift for Sir William Wentworth, from his fellow students at Trinity College, Dublin, January 1639/40.
Str P 39: Book of arms of Wentworth.
Str P 40/1: Manuscript Book: "William Wentworth … his advice and councell to Thomas Wentworth, his sone and heire … all written with his own hand." 1604-1607. Also some poems to the memory of Lady Anne, Sir William’s wife, 1611.
Str P 40/1(A): Contemporary Copy of Str P 40/1
Str P 40/2: Manuscript Book. Sir William Wentworth to his son Thomas: an account of "extraordinary providences" to himself and family.

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Str P 40/3-41: Royal Letters from Charles I to Strafford, October 1633 – April 1641.
Str P 40/2-47: Royal Letters from Queen Henrietta Maria to Strafford, April 1634 – August 1639; and undated.
Str P 40/48-53: Letters concerning Strafford’s accepting the Deputyship of Ireland, and various other miscellaneous letters.
Str P 40/54-69: Letters and Papers concerning Strafford’s trial and death.
Str P 40/70-85: Miscellaneous letters and papers concerning the proposed new edition of the Strafford letters; scheme for the Life of Strafford; Notes and events following Strafford’s execution.

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Str P 40/86-90: Wentworth family papers.
Str P 40/91: Packet of satirical manuscript verses and prophecies.
Str P 41: Survey of the Irish Estates (including warrants for tobaccos) c1655.
Str P 42: Miscellaneous papers of William; Earl of Strafford’s executors – bonds, notes of sale.
Str P 43: Copies of instructions to Lords Deputy of Ireland and other officials, 1559-1601.
Str P 44(A): Book containing 19th century copies of some of Strafford’s correspondence.

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Str P 44(B) – (C): Additional Books containing 19th century copies of some of Strafford’s correspondence.



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