Francis Tresham's Letter
Monteagle letter


Francis Tresham


Paper Document


Gives a vague hint to the user about an activity that would cause harm to the user.


None Identified



Collected by

Warehouse 12







Date of Collection




An old letter which contains the following:

"My Lord, out of the love I bear to some of your friends, I have a care of your preservation. Therefore I would advise you, as you tender your life, to devise some excuse to shift your attendance at this parliament; for God and man hath concurred to punish the wickedness of this time. And think not slightly of this advertisement, but retire yourself into your country where you may expect the event in safety. For though there be no appearance of any stir, yet I say they shall receive a terrible blow this Parliament; and yet they shall not see who hurts them. This counsel is not to be condemned because it may do you good and can do you no harm; for the danger is passed as soon as you have burnt the letter. And I hope God will give you the grace to make good use of it, to whose holy protection I commend you."


In 1605 Francis Tresham and 12 other people conspired to assassinate King James I & VI, now known as the Gunpowder Plot. Francis Tresham feared for the lives of his two brother-in-laws William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle and Edward Sourton, 10th Baron Sourton. On 26 October the same year Francis Tresham sent a letter to Baron Monteagle, which detailed the plan and the group was captured before they could complete their task.


The letter gives the user some precautionary foresight when it detects they may be in danger. It makes the user becomes slightly suspicious and more observant of their surroundings, given them only a vague hint of the possible threat that awaits them.

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