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



George Kendall, Spy and a founder of Jamestown, Virginia

Anyway, references to Edward in the State Papers continue as follows:

5.6.1625 – Katherine, Countess of Suffolk, to Mr Kendall. ‘Sends letter for Robin (Robert) Howard. Mr Weston is anxious for news; she only wishes to know when the Queen will be in London, because she would send to Bess Howard. Wishes him to write when he thinks her son would come from Dover.’ (So it seems probable that Edward was at Court at this point and the Queen referred to is Henrietta Maria who was due in England for the first time. She, being a daughter of Henri IV and Marie de Medici, would if my Kendall track is correct, be thrice connected to Kendalls – through Anne Foix-Candalle and the Habsburgs, through Marguerite de Bourbon to Marguerite d’Albret who married Gaston de Foix, and through Catherine de Foix-Grailly, great grand-mother to Henri IV.)

5.5.1626 – ***** (writing from Antwerp) to Mr. Kendall. ‘Glad of Mr. Stanseby’s good fortune. Mr. Trumbull, Clerk of the Council, very desirous of obtaining many manuscripts in the hands of the writer. Has procured a recipe for the projecting of salt, and desires to try it.’ (Edmondes, of earlier mention, was recalled in 1609 and William Trumbull was appointed as English agent at the Archduke’s Court at Brussels where he remained until 1625 when he returned to England and to the post of ‘Clerk of the Privy Council’.)

8.1626 – Sir Nicholas Saunders (MP) to **** Kendall – ‘My Lord’ likes the project, but if the projector fires the ships in the haven of Sallee (Port of Rabat, Morocco), will it not enrage the Turks to murder the captives there, of whom about 1,500 are English?’ (Sallee was at this point a State separate from Morocco, formed by a band of Barbary pirates for whom this was an excellent protected harbour from which to ply their trade. They were so successful that they had 6,000 prisoners and were said to have amassed an astonishing £15m worth of goods from raids on ships and towns. Attempts to dislodge them proved ineffective.)

 
 

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