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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.446.09 Author/Creator: Cadogan, William, Earl (1672?-1726) Place Written: The Hague, Netherlands Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 November 1716 Pagination: 3 p. ; 24.1 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses previous correspondence related to a Jacobite plot (refer to other items in the GLC01450.446 collection). Mentions the unreliable nature of sending information through the post, and promises Bourke a pension he previously requested in return for information he supplied Cadogan regarding Jacobite treason. States that he will send his aide-de-camp, Colonel Huske, to Cambray to deliver Bourke's money. Mentions treasonous letters Bourke previously discovered between lords in England and Mr. Sheldon (possibly Dominick Sheldon). Promises Bourke that no one should question Huske's presence in Cambray, since he will be there under the pretense of conducting business with the Archbishop of Cambray. Bourke had already sent a letter 18 November informing Cadogan that his information was false (refer to GLC01450.446.08).

Background Information: 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. Edward was the son ...of John Bourke, Earl of Clanricarde. Cadogan was known for his suppression of Jacobite uprising.See More

Full Transcript: Sr Hague 21.Nov.br 1716.



The danger of trusting the Post, [inserted: and] the difficulty of transacting by letters busines of very [inserted: in] great Importance, [inserted: as has you mentioned ...in your letter of the 15th] and the impossibility of getting in this Place Bills of exchange payable att [inserted: Cambray] [inserted: Donas] joyned to the Impatience I have to send you the sum [struck: which] you desire, [struck: has made] [inserted: made] me judge it absolutely necessary that Co.ll Huske my aid de Camp should goe to Cambray to speak [struck: to you] [inserted: with], and to carry you the mony. He will therefore deliver you this letter, and I have so entire confidence in him, that I desire you would impart every thing you know as fully and as freely to him, as you would doe [2] to me, and I [inserted: repeat] [struck: again] by this letter [struck: repeat] and confirm the assurance I formerly gave you, that you may depend on having a very considerable Pention for your Life, and a present [struck: and] great reward in ready mony provided you can [inserted: either] prooduce [struck: or help me to intercept either letters from the Nobleman in England you mention to Mr Sheldon or from any other Person of Consideration to those about the Pretender which shall contain any personals concerning Rebelling or inviting the Pretender to Coll Husk to acquaint you with what I farther desire] [inserted: or put me or any other of his Majasties Servants in away of intercepting Letters from England consarning offers to rise in arms or illegible to illegible Pretender or doing any thing else for the Pretender's Interest Coll Husk will talk with you more particularly on these Points] and [inserted: I] shall only add that [inserted: I illegible] [struck: have] you [inserted: to] give the same credit to all he saye to you as if I said it my self, and doe by this engage [struck: myself] to perform what he promises you. I am
your most Hunble Servant
Cadogan.
[struck: nobody can suspect the true reason of Coll Husk going to Cambray, for I cover it under the pert pretext of sending him to the abbe des anges, formerly Intendant to the Late Archbishop of Cambray with whome I have business__]
Having to me priorr Affairs to transact with the Abbe des Anges at Cambray__ I send coll Huske then under the pretense which will hide the true reason so you have nothing to apprehend on that Account
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People: Bourke, Edward, fl. 1700-1730
Cadogan, William, Earl, 1672-1726
Prince of Wales, 1688-1766
Clanricarde, John Bourke, Earl of, 1642-1722

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: SpyingFinancePensionsGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyRebellionFranceTreason

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