who have bin taken by a caper, and that are as yett not putt into any prison, but only kept in a private house, and that he will make it his business to gett them to make their escape, and this merchant hath desired of me that I would be a meanes that one John Devits Bolleman of Vlieland, and one Cornelius Claeson of Worckum in Vriesland, two prisoners in Chelsey colledge and friends of his, might be released, and I did promise him that I would write about it, and truly I thinke it would be a good worke to gratifie him so farre for his having done this charitable action. He is a very rich merchant, and I had with him a letter from one of the ministers of the English Ohurch at Amsterdam and from a very honest merchant there who hath write me word that this Anna Peter is a man of strange charity and particularly to the English, upon all occasions helping them, and doeing them whatever hindness is in his power. Moreover old Reynswowd who was ambassador from this country at Oxford in his late Majeties time, lett me know this weeke that there was a kinsman of his one capitain Reede that is now a prisoner in England, having bin taken in the late fight in a ship called the Tromp, though the ship was lett goe and since brought into Zeiand, and that he had written to his cousin van der Doose to move his Majestie for his releasement for his sake, and he did earnestly desire of me that I would write also to the same effect, and that he would take it as an obligeing favour . done to him, and that he hoped his Majestie would not deny it him upon the account of the good afection he had chewen in former time to the royall family, upon which account he saith he tooke notice that his Majestie hath bin pleased to release Cornelius Everson's son, and he added farther that his Majestie doeing hereof would give him creditt here in the Estates Generall, which credit he would imploy for his Majesties service, and truly of late he hath expressed a great forwardness and zele for the indeavouring of the removing of the present difference with this country, and for the bringing of them here to doe what were fitting for his Majestie to accept, and upon these considerations, though very unwilling to intermeddle in matters of this nature, yett I could not but promise that I would write, and if his Majestie thinke fitt to release him it would doe well that van der Doose were lett know that it is done upon the account of my writing, and that he be desired to lett min heer Rainswowde and also Reede know as much.
Having yesterday a very long discourse with Mons.r d'Estrade at Madam Somerdike's (where we mett accidentally), among other things he was pleased to say that he had read quite over my Reply to the deputies of the Estates GeneraU's booke (which I had sent him some few dayes before) and that it had given him extreame great satisfaction, for that he said it was not composed of generall arguments to