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About document 15

This document is a recipe for six mince pies, dated early 17th century.

(Catalogue reference: SP 14/189 folio 7)

This document is curiously catalogued as a state paper. The State Paper Office was founded in 1578 for the safe keeping of the records of secretaries of state and of the privy council. This document comes from the Conway Papers, which date from the reign of Charles I. Edward Conway was Secretary of State from 1623-1628 and, like many other secretaries of state, seems to have treated the documents in his custody as his own private papers. The papers strayed from official custody, and were retained by the Conway family until 1857 when they were returned to official custody.

Please note:

  • The document is written in a cursive mixed hand.


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