Anglo-French Relations The Cloak of Secrecy A personal voyage of detection



George Kendall, Spy and a founder of Jamestown, Virginia

April 1601 GK to Cecil – ‘I went to Brussels with Captain Smith but the (Arch)Duke refused our services, being advised by Moran Swart, Richardot, Jaques, Typing and others not to accept them, but to entertain us a month with hopes of pensions, to learn our true meaning, and then expel us the country, as he treated Weeks. I have tried various ways to win their confidence, as by offering to deliver Sir Francis Vere, with thousands of men into their hands etc. I feigned an intended journey to Hungary to serve the Emperor; …… I went in disguise to Ruremond; was first taken for a spy, and put in irons, but obtained release, and succeeded in surveying the place. After perils from freebooters I reached the Hague. I have told the plot to Sir Francis Vere, and also to his Excellency (Graf Maurice) who approved, and six others will be brought into the town to forward the execution. I have leave to stay 15 days, to provide a dozen weapons for execution which Mr Honeyman has promised.’ He then reports in some length on Father Lewknor’s strange beliefs about what was happening in England and how the ruin of England was sure. He then warns Cecil about Stanley’s Lieutenant John Tipping who is on the way to talk to Cecil, ‘I caution you not to speak with any from abroad except in the company of good men’. This document was endorsed by Cecil ‘Kendall employed’.

Sept 2 1601 Thomas Douglas to Cecil – ‘As I wrote in my last letter after the French King had sent Mons. Saint Luk to the Archduke to acquaint him with his coming and all the reasons for his coming, the country people dwelling nigh Calais took such fear of the King’s coming so strong thither that they fled to all the towns of Gravelines and St Omer. The Archduke then put both the people from fear and himself to know further has sent the Count of Foix accompanied by some sixty horse well mounted to Calais to the French King……’ (I am not sure which Foix this was, but probably Frederic Foix-Gurcon.)

Oct 3 1601 GK to Cecil – ‘Since you commanded me to attend at Windsor your letters back to Sir Francis Vere, the Marshal’s servants at Marshalsea, not having had satisfaction for my charges, have taken upon them to imprison me. I beseech you by Captain Bingham to send me my discharge that I may go about my business with Grave Maurice which is now at Middleburgh, the rather lest, the wind coming prosperous, I should lose a speedy passage.’ (In 1601 GK received 161L relating to running Weekes)

 
 

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