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John Kendrick was born in Reading, Berkshire, possibly in Minster Street, in 1573 and educated at Reading School and St John's College, Oxford. After university, he moved to London, where he amassed a fortune in trade with the Netherlands.
When Kendrick died on 30 December 1624, he left £12,500 to the towns of Reading and Newbury to provide employment and education for the poor. The Oracle workhouse, was erected in Minster Street, Reading with this money. (Source: Wikipedia)
To read more about Kendrick's journey in Seaport, check his storylines.
After finishing John Kendrick's contracts, you will gain access to Tailor, where your ships can pick up cloth. Cloth () can be traded for XP, coins or fish by sending it to the Market Town.
For more information on the upgrade requirements and rewards of Tailor, please visit Destinations.
|1||Welcome in Reading!|
My name is John and I have a dream: one day, I want to make a fortune! Join me for a dinner at my family’s residence and I’ll tell you the plan.
|2||Fancy some tea?|
As you have probably noticed, my family is pretty wealthy. However, I haven’t bought even a single spoon in this house! Therefore, I want to build my own business.
|3||Trust, but verify!|
Thank you for the supplies but before I share my masterplan with you, I’d appreciate if you proved me that you’re trustworthy. Do you have a deposit for any case of need?
|4||Clothes make the man|
Wonderful! Now take a good look around. Do you see all these people wearing those ugly dull clothes? Get me a hand-loom and I’ll show you something.
|5||Let the colors in!|
Life’s too short to wear grey! I want to make fabrics full of vivid colors. Trade the precious cocoa for the most beautiful threads available.
... we’ll learn to weave! Oh, you've brought a manual? Come on, we can figure it out on our own! You’d rather get us food and wine - this will be a long night.
Our first scarf is ready! What a beautiful color, what a beautiful texture! Let’s decorate it with some precious stones and it will be just perfect.
|8||We’re happy, but...|
Will someone else be as excited as we are? How much would the others actually pay for the scarf? We need to find out! Book us a stand on the marketplace.
|9||Make it fancy|
Whenever someone asks you about the scarf, tell them, that it was originally made for the Indian Queen. The market stand must be luxurious too!
It's unbelievable how much these people are willing to pay for a humble scarf. Can you imagine how much we could earn one day? Quickly, bring the money box!
|11||1, 2, 3 - SOLD!|
The auction is over and our result is: a fancy dinner plus we still have some money left. Mmm... I can already smell the success!
|12||Get the thread!|
What do you mean we ran out of thread? Was all of it used for that small piece of fabric? Well, we need to restock our supplies! You already know how to do it, right?
|13||Let’s do it!|
The conditions for starting our own business are perfect! You look surprised but I knew it from the very beginning. Are you ready to build our first manufacture?
|14||Steal the weavers|
We need the best craftsmen in the whole town but they all seem to be working for other merchants. Take these coins and convince them to join us!
Weavers - check, manufactory - check, handlooms - not enough! We need at least dozen, so hurry up and get some more.
Our manufacture is in full swing. So many beautiful fabrics! There’s no need to go to the marketplace anymore - we can make a private one. Invite our wealthiest clients!
|17||An interesting offer|
Countess Radcliffe LOVES our fabrics. She’d like us to meet her cousin who lives in London - Mr. Quarles. She says he’s got some proposal for us. Get the carriage ready!
|18||Did you know?|
Mr. Quarles is the Master Draper of the great Drapers' Company of London. He's a well respected man, so we must make an effort! Precious stones will surely please him.
|19||It’s payday time!|
What a faux pas! I was so busy that I absolutely forgot to pay our workers. Please, sort it out before we leave. We don’t want any strikes, do we?
Wonderful. It hasn't been even one day on the road and our carriage got broken. We need to fix the wheels quickly, otherwise we’re going to be late!
|21||We're finally here!|
I’m dying to know what kind of offer we’ll get. Let’s get some cocoa before we meet with Mr. Quarles. I heard he has a sweet tooth.
A 7-year apprenticeship in London?! We’ve already built our own cloth-business and now we should start from scratch? Let’s go to a pub, I need to think it through.
|23||I guess you’re right|
Being freemen of the great Drapers' Company of London would surely open new doors for us. If you're in, then I'm in too. It won't be easy though!
|24||Back to school!|
The best things in life are for free, but it seems like a good education is priceless. It’s time to pay the school fees.
|25||Our new home|
You know what? We’re too old to live in a dorm. I’ve rented a lovely castle near London. Furnish it however you like!
|26||Old school issues|
The teachers are excellent but the equipment is rather time-worn. Let's upgrade it!
|27||7 years later...|
The day has finally come! Believe it or not - we’re officially merchants of the great Drapers' Company of London. Something tells me that the best is yet to come. Cheers!
|28||Patience is a virtue|
All those years were worth it - we’ve managed to build a great empire and the orders keep on growing. Let’s improve our workshops; we can’t afford a single mistake.
|29||A Dutch order|
I've just received an exclusive request from Holland: the Dutch king wants us to create a fabric for his daughter’s wedding dress. The more expensive the better!
This could be the official name of our wedding cloth. It’s light as a feather and soft as an angel’s wing. Simply stunning! Pack it carefully and send it to Holland.
|31||Chocolate is the key|
to a woman’s heart! I’ve heard that Dutch princess has a sweet tooth so pack in a box of fine chocolate too. Let’s hope she doesn’t have to watch her figure.
|32||Isn’t it wonderful?|
This is my favorite part of the day. Standing here in the harbor and watching the ships taking our fabrics far, far away... Oh, give me a napkin, I'm overwhelmed with joy!
... a girl’s best friend! Or, least, a best friend of the Dutch princess. She loves the wedding fabric, but she wants us to embroider it with precious stones.
|34||Blood, sweat, tears|
...and this is just the beginning, my friend. Let’s expand abroad, improve our manufacturing and hire more workers! We have our hands full with work...
|35||How about a break?|
Isn’t all the fuss making you tired? I admire your excitement, but... I wish I had a small house in the countryside where I could spend my days reading and feeding ducks...
|36||Ain’t it funny?|
We’re making expensive cloth for the richest folks in Europe while there are dozens of people in need among us. We should donate some of our earnings to charity.
|37||Let’s do more!|
A single donation is not enough. We are so wealthy that we can’t even imagine what it’s like to have an empty stomach. We should cook for the poor every week!
|38||Give them shelter|
Yesterday’s dinner for the poor made me realize one more thing - these people have no place to stay! Please, take care of the business and I’ll get them an accommodation.
|39||Prevent the misery|
Nobody should ever end up on the street and we must do what we can to prevent it. Our business is growing and these people could work for us. Build more manufactures!
|40||Farewell my friend
Your business talent is incredible but I've decided to dedicate my life to charity. Our cloth company is now in your hands. Take good care of it and visit me sometime!