Category Archives: Secret Service

The Murky Recesses of the Georgian Post Office

    One of the principal reasons for establishing a government-controlled monopoly over the transmission of the mail was the opportunity it would offer for controlling and intercepting anything judged subversive or too critical of government actions. Such was the … Continue reading

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What was the Alien Office?

The British Secret Service under Pitt: Part 3     The existence of the Alien Office was never a secret. It was established in the early 1790s as a result, in part, of the Police Act of 1792, together with … Continue reading

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The C18th British Secret Service under Pitt (2)

Part 2: Radicals, Rebels and Republicans This is the second instalment in a series of posts dealing with spies and clandestine operations between 1790 and 1815. The British government in the early 1790s was facing many challenges. War was brewing … Continue reading

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The C18th British Secret Service under Pitt (1)

Part 1: Establishment and Growth This is the first instalment in a series of posts dealing with spies and clandestine operations between 1790 and 1815. As the end of the 18th century approached, Britain faced a serious problem. Looming war … Continue reading

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