chapter  2
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Genres of counsel and the administrative state

In the previous chapter we encountered the practice of addressing written counsel to statesmen and a counselling public. Both counsellor and statesman were discursive figures that could be mapped onto English society in diverse ways, from historical figures who literally served as counsellors and statesmen, to merchants who took advantage of the prestige attached to the notion of publicly spirited counsel to advance their private interests. In this chapter, we turn from the idea of counsel in general to specific genres of counsel.