Volume 4

An Eighteenth Century Secretary at War: The Papers of William Viscount Barrington

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Viscount Barrington served as Secretary at War under George II and George III from 1755 to 1778, with only a few years’ interval during which he held other offices of state. The collection of documents presented in this volume is designed to show how the War Office worked during the incumbency of this unusually conscientious and effective minister, and throws a remarkable light on an important area of eighteenth century history and on the way in which public policy and administration were connected.