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Cadogan, William, Earl (1672?-1726) to Edward Bourke

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.446.06 Author/Creator: Cadogan, William, Earl (1672?-1726) Place Written: The Hague, Netherlands Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 November 1716 Pagination: 1 p. ; 23.8 x 18.2 cm. Order a Copy

Replies to GLC1450.446.04, in which Bourke informed Cadogan of a Jacobite plot. Guarantees "a reward equal to the Discovery you shall make" (regarding the discovery of Jacobitism in Cambray). States "I sign this letter by another name than my own, as you [design?], and I send you an address by which you may write Safely..." In a post script, provides instructions to [deliver?] to Mr. John Williams under cover to Mr. Benjamin Furly (possibly a code or pseudonym, since Furly, a Quaker and noted Rotterdam intellectual, had died in 1714). Signed fictitiously by John Williams, a psuedonym Cadogan was using in his correspondence with Bourke.

Cadogan was known for his supression of Jacobite uprisings.

Hague 12 Nov.ber 1716

I have received your Letter of the 4 Insd from Cambray which [Courasing?] often to discover matter of the greatest Importance, in answer to it, this is therefore to assure you, that you may depend- upon having a reward equal to the Discovery- you shall make. I sign their letter by another name then my own, as you desin, and I send you an address by which you may write safely, and Communicate will communicate without hazard to me every- thing I have or may hereafter Come to your knowledge I am
John Williams-

De'ver to Mr. John
Williams under cover
to Mr. Benjamin Furly-
at Rotterndam

Bourke, Edward, fl. 1700-1730
Cadogan, William, Earl, 1672-1726
Stuart, James Francis Edward, 1688-1766
Furly, Benjamin, 1636-1714

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