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Collection, mostly pertaining to Jacobite resistance in France [Decimalized .01-.16]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.446 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Header Record Date: 1709-1874 Pagination: 16 items

Contains various letters documenting the attempts of Edward Bourke, (sometimes spelled 'Burke') an officer in the Regiment Irelandois of Berwick, to unearth a Jacobite plot in Cambray, France. Bourke possibly worked for, or in connection with General Dominick Sheldon, a known ally of James Stuart (the "Old Pretender"). Bourke corresponded with William Cadogan, a Britih ambassador at the Hague, regarding the Jacobite plot. Also contains several items related to the Hopkins family of Scituate, Rhode Island.

James Stuart (the "Old Pretender"), incited Jacobite support in France and Scotland in the early eighteenth century, attempting to claim the British crown. Though Stuart's plot had collapsed by early 1716, Jacobite sentiments continued to exist, leading to a 1745 rebellion in Scotland led by Charles Edward Stewart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie"). General Dominique Sheldon served as commander of Roi d’Angleterre, a regiment raised by Stuart in 1791; he fought in the Jacobite and French armies from 1689-1721. Cadogan was known for his suppression of Jacobite uprisings.

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