Privy Council letters

Scope and Content

Privy Council letters, 4 Dec 1668, signed by George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Baron Ashley (later 1st Duke of Shaftesbury), and Thomas Clifford (later 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh), directed to Sir Robert Long, Bt, Auditor of the Receipt of the Exchequer, ordering the payment to Sidney Godolphin (later 1st Earl of Godolphin) of £60, the bi-annual instalment of his salary as Page of Honour to Charles II.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Privy Council is descended from the Curia Regis , which was made up of the king's tenants in chief, household officials, and anyone else the king chose. This group performed all the functions of government. About the time of Edward I (reigned 1272-1307), the executive and advising duties of the Curia Regis came to be handled by a select group, the king's secret council, which later came to be called the Privy Council.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given via the Historical Manuscripts Commission and the British Records Association in 1973.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

350 mm x 235 mm. Paper.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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