costes, et que la moindre tempeste, qui s'elevera, tournee vers ce pays, les fera courir risque. Le Roy de France presse cet Estat a faire ouverture des moyens de la paix; mais icy on dit, n'en pouvoir faire d'autre qu'une restitution generale des choses prises, mais il n'y a point d'apparence, que les Anglois demeurants les plus forts, comme ils semblenfr l'estre encore, s'assuiettiront a cette condition, Cependant messieurs les Francois donnent tousiours de bonnes paroles a M. de Beuninguen, promettant de satisfaire pleinement au traitté, en cas que les offices de mediation ne reussissent pas a souhait. C'est le peu qui se passé a present.
126. DOWNING AAN ARLINGTON, 15 Mei 1665 !).
The 3 great ships which are lately launched at Amsterdam I am informed by some that have seen them, are built far stronger than any men of warre heretofore built in this country, greater timbers and irons being putt into them, and the timbers sett much thicker, and one of them is as I have formerly hinted 155 foot by the keele, another 160 and the 3d 165, and they build all these new men of warre of a much greater breadth than any formerly, whereby (as they say) both their men and guns may have much more roome. And all these new ships they say shall have brass guns. From the Fleet in the Texell they write that they still want men notwithstanding what are daily sent to them; they hope in a little time to procure them their full number, and since that they have understood that his Majesty's fleet before them is so numerous and so strong, there is not a word of stirring out untill they have their whole fleet compleatly fitted and man'd and then a due East wind or betweene the East and the South, that their ships in Zeiand may have come up to them, and they say that though the channell in the Texell is narrow, yett that they cann fall downe just without the narrow, and there conveniently gather themselves in a body, without danger of being fallen upon at least by the Duke's great ship, for that they will not dare to adventure so near and into so shallow water. I am just now informed from a certaine hand that there are yett a great many men wanting for the full manning of all the ships at and about the Texell. It is the happiest thing in the world for Obdam that de Witt is there, for that otherwise it is verily believed that his house would have bin ere this pulled downe for not goeing out, the last faire wind, whereas now all the blame. falls upon de Witt, and they say that though he is so quick and fierce at projecting and giveing orders, and blaming others, yet that as to the point of doeing they see he is no more then another man.
1) R. O., Holland 176. —
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