Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Bourke, Edward (fl. 1700-1730) to William Cadogan

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.446.04 Author/Creator: Bourke, Edward (fl. 1700-1730) Place Written: Cambray, France Type: Autograph letter Date: 4 November 1716 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22.6 x 18 cm.

Summary of Content: Discussing Jacobite rebellion, writes "the first of this month a letter was putt into my hands to be forwarded to mister Sheldon one of the pretenders privy counsell with treats of nothing but to conspire against King George. I would lett you know ye chief article of it together with my name only I am afraid to be discovered, but I beg the favour of your Lordship to sign some other name and to give mee some other address and I will write you word of all there is in the letter..." Requests a reward for his discovery of treason. Instructs the lord to direct correspondence to Monsieur Hurcado, of the Cambray post in Flanders.

Background Information: Cambrai (also written Cambray) is a French sous-prefecture of the Nord département. 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.

See More

Full Transcript: My Lord
Cambray november y.e 4 1716

the first of this month a letter was putt into my hands to be forwarded to mister Sheldon one of the pretenders privy counsell ...with treats of nothing but to consipire against King George I would lett you know y.e chief articles of it togheter with my name only I am afraid to be discovered, but I beg the favour of your Lordship to sign some other name and to give mee some other address and I will write you word of all there is in the letter and I hope to send your Lordship mister sheldons answer to the letter togheter with my name and family and I hope your Lordship will give mee a reward equall to the discovery [2] when you will know all I will conclude in begging your Lordship speedy answer and to be pleased to Direct a Monsieur Monsieur Hurcado recommande an metre de la poste a Cambray en flandres

[docket]
Letter writ from
Cambray the 4 novber
with the answer
to it of the 12th 9ber
1716

See More

People: Cadogan, William, Earl, 1672-1726
Bourke, Edward, fl. 1700-1730
George II, King of Great Britain, 1683-1760
Stuart, James Francis Edward, 1688-1766
Sheldon, Dominick, fl. 1689-1721

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: RebellionGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFranceTreasonSpying

Sub Era:

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources