For this he was generously rewarded by a grateful James I, who awarded him £700 a year and lands to the value of £200
which in today's money is about £67,000, some of which he invested in projects abroad.
He had married Elizabeth Tresham, the sister of Francis Treshem, who it is thought sent what is known as
the Monteagle Letter.
attend parliament when it resumed in the next few days. The letter, with reference to the government stated
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 have 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 past 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
Transcript of Letter to Lord Monteagle
26 October 1605
Monteagle left his home and passed this letter to the secretary of state Robert Cecil, who in searching the cellars under
the Palace of Westminster found evidence to the truth of the letter in the form of thirty six barrels of gunpowder,
and hiding among the barrels was one Guy Fawkes.
And the rest, they say, is history.