Gunpowder Plot Book
SP14/216/146 - Examination of Thomas Wintour 5 December 1605
At the Tower. The examination of Thomas Wynter gent taken this 5 of December 1605.
A. This examinate being demaunded what persons he spake withall on Fryday morninge when he went
from Mr Litteton's house at Holbache, confesseth that he went to Mr John Talbotes house at Pepper
hill and cominge in to a place used for bowling inpaled in, he mett with Mr Talbot coming out of
his house, to whom Mr Talbot spake, howe dare you come hither considering what speach there is of
yor tumultuous rising or to such effect, to whome this examinate aunswered that his meaning was not
to have spoken with him but with one in his house and he was very soare that he mett with him to
whom Mr Talbot said, so was he to, for that this examinates cominge to him might be to him as much
as his life was worth, and tould this examinate that it was very fitt he should be taken, whereunto
this examinate sayd that he would not easilie be taken, then said Mr Talbot fare you well, gett you
B. Being demaunded what the manns name was that he would have spoken with all in Mr Talbotes house
answereth that his name is Leonard Smalpeece one towards the lawe and that kepe Mr Talbotes courtes.
C. Beinge further asked to what end and purpose he would have spoken with him, and from whome and
whether he spake with him at all or not he confesseth that he spake with Smalpece soone after his
departure from Mr Talbot and tould Smalpece how between fourtie or fiftie were risen and the mannor
of it and asked Smalpece if he knewe of any that would assist them who aunswered that he knewe not
of any and said that when his master Mr Talbot heard of the rising of this examinate & others the
night before he said it was a very foolishe attempt and seemed very much to mislike it. And this
examinate tould Smalpece that if any man would come unto them, they could kepe themselves for thre
or foure dayes. And sayth that Catesby, Percey, Sir Everard Digby and others that were in Mr
Littletons house were acquainted with his goinge to Mr Talbottes and it was agreed in generall to
get and gather together as many frendes as they could and this examinate tould them that he had a
frend in Mr Talbottes house. And confesseth that Stephen Littleton went with him to Mr Talbottes
house and that Mr Talbott did not see Mr Littleton for he remayned without with the horse.
D. Being demaunded whether this letter nowe shewed unto him beginninge thus good cosin I hope &c
and ending thus this sixth of November were not of the handwriting of his brother Robt. Wynter
aunswereth that it is his brother Robt Wynter's handwritinge the superscription of that letter
being to my assured loving cosin Mr S. These he delivered he rather thinketh the same to be most
likely to be directed to Mr Smalpece.
[Signed] THO. WINTOUR
[Endorsed] Notingham. Devonshire, Northampton, Salisbury, E. Worcester, Mar, Jo. Popham.