- "You are forgiven for not knowing who I am. I think, however, that you will know my name. It is Walpole. Sir Robert Walpole. I am the First Lord of the Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons."
- ―Robert Walpole introducing himself to Edward Kenway, 1723.[src]
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (1676 – 1745) was a British statesman who is generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Although well aware of the long-standing war between the Templars and the Assassins, Robert was not part of either order, instead acting as a neutral party between the two.
In 1723, Walpole met with the Assassin Edward Kenway after the former pirate had seized the Charlotte, in an attempt to kill his old rival, Matthew Hague. Alongside Hague's father Sir Aubrey Hague, a Templar, Walpole offered Edward and his crew pardons, new lives, and property in exchange for Matthew Hague's life, hoping to prevent "another act of barbarism", as well as a gesture of thanks to Edward for having dealt with his cousin Duncan Walpole. Eight years prior, Edward had taken Duncan's life and impersonated him in a scheme to steal Duncan's payment for his Templar service; Walpole was of the opinion that Duncan had brought dishonour to their family by betraying the Assassins to the Templars for profit.
Following his success, Walpole purchased a house in London for Edward, where the latter would spend the remainder of his life, as well as introducing him to the Stephensen-Oakley family and employing Edward's new assistant Reginald Birch.
In 1732, King George II of Great Britain offered Walpole 10 Downing Street as a personal gift. Walpole accepted it on the condition that it be made the official residence of the First Lord of the Treasury, a secondary title held by British Prime Ministers.
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