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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.446.10 Author/Creator: Cadogan, William, Earl (1672?-1726) Place Written: The Hague, Netherlands Type: Autograph letter Date: 24 November 1716 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 24.1 x 19.3 cm.

Discusses previous correspondence between Bourke and Cardogan regarding a Jacobite plot in Cambray, France (refer to previous letters in the GLC01450.446 collection). Refers to the dangerous nature of sending confidential materials through the post. Discusses the delivery of money to Bourke by Colonel Huske, Cadogan's aide-de-camp. Asserts that Huske will also give Bourke a letter written in Cadogan's hand (and attests that all previous correspondence from Cadogan was written in his own hand). Instructs to continue sending letters to John Williams (a pseudonym Cadogan used in his correspondence with Bourke) through Benjamin Furly at Rotterdam. Docket asserts that Cadogan was an ambassador at The Hague.

Edward was the son of John Bourke, Earl of Clanricarde. Cadogan was known for his suppression of Jacobite uprising.

Hague 24.th No.ber 1716
I did not receive till Saturday the 21.st- your Letter of the 15.th and the reason of its being- So long on the way, as well as your former, is that they came came by the way of Lisle whereas if you had sent them by Brusselles I should have had them two days Sooner. The Danger of trusting to the ordinary post a businees of such very great Importance as that you mention in your of the 15.th and the Impossibility of getting in this Place Bills of Exchange payable at Cambray joyned to the Impatience I have to send you the sum you desire, making it necessary I should send a Person to Cambray on purpose- to speak with you and Carry you the Money I have accordingly employed on that Message Coll Huske [2] my Aide de Camp who will be with you allmost as soon as you Can receive this, he will deliver you a Letter writt in my own hand, as are all those you have had from me, and I shall therefor only add- that I reffer to the Said Letter, and to when he will tell you, I have intire confidence in- him, and it happened luckily that he was to have gone to Cambray on another Account, which will hinder the true one from being suspected I have put my own name to the Letter he Carryes you, but sign this as I did the former to you by the Post
John Williams
Continue to direct as yet to me by the said name and to send your Letters under Cover to Mr.- Benjamin Furly at Rotterdam as before-
1716. Private correspondence between the [struck: general] [inserted: Lord] Cadogan under the name of John Williams and Mr. Edw. Burke one of the Sons of the Earl of Clanricarde who was a spy for him amongst the Rebels at Cambray & other Places in Flanders Lord Cadogan was then ambassador at the Hague.

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