NEWSLETTERS OF RICHARD BULSTRODE, 1667-1689
From the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin
In the 17th century, manuscript newsletters - compiled by well-placed pubic servants all over Europe - were the best way for a man of means to keep himself informed. News of wars, peace, parliamentary affairs, and trade disputes could all have a severe impact on politics, business and travel arrangements.
The Newsletters addressed to Sir Richard Bulstrode and others, 1667-1689, are an outstanding cache of these rare and important bulletins. There are nearly 1,500 in total, many written by hand in the news-letter offices of Sir Joseph Williamson, Secretary of State.
They are a crucial source for anyone studying the reigns of Charles II and James II and provide an imporatnt supplement to the State Papers of the period.