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It was his duty to supply intelligence of affairs in Transylvania Poland Italy and Germany. He travelled by way of Vienna and Venice to Rome and in 1593 spent some time at Geneva in the house of Isaac Casaubon to whom he contracted a considerable debt. About 1589 Wotton went abroad with a view probably to preparation for a diplomatic career and his travels appear to have lasted for about six years.
He is often quoted as saying "An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country. Sir Henry Wotton (30 March 1568 – December 1639) was an English author diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1614 and 1625. " (Wotton said that when on a mission in Augsburg in 1604.