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the envy and hatred of the families and friends of those persons, and that for the avoiding of being farther pressed herein he was come away from the Texell, and he came without the consent and knowledge of the deputies there, at which they are here very ill satisfied with him, but yett dare not disoblige him in this conjuncture, and he speakes very indifferently as not caring whether he goes to sea any more or not, and as rather expecting to be courted by them to it than otherwise, and though he refuseth himselfe to be ajudge of those people, yett that he speakes as if he did expect they should be punished or other wise that he would goe to sea no more. The deputies in the Texell have written a very long letter of complainte against him, and demanding that the Estates doe take order with him, or otherwise that all their proceedings in these matters would fall to the ground. Those of Holland finde themselves much embaraced therewith, and have resolved that he be comanded to returne forthwith to the fleet and not only there to exercise the office of his charge as viceadmirall, but also in the said judicature over those people,' and great paines is taken with him underhand to prevaile with him thereto. John Everson saith that for his part he did the best he could, and as he thought as well as any man in the late fight, and that if they be dissatisfied with him, he is very willing to stay on shoare, and make roome for such as can doe better, and in severall companies he hath lett fall words as if he thought that the deputies in the Texell did take too much upon them, and make themselves more understanding then they are in sea matters, and among other things he hath said that many of their ships are very foule, and that yett the deputies are in such haste that they will not allow them to be brought in to be cleaned as they should be, which, said he, will be found a notable inconvenience when they come to fight againe. Here is a mighty noise about van Goch's chaplaine who is said to have foretold his Majesties restoration, and that now he should say that this country will have the better of his Majestie, and I know not what stories of this kind, and yesterday he was called into the Assembly of the Estates Generall and examined, and heard there at large, but it appeared that what he said is only in generall Termes, like an Almanake, but he spoke much of the free access he hath to his Majestie, and thathe usethto speake to him about matters of State, and so would faine be imployed in the business of peace. The Estates have received a letter from de Ruyter dated the 7tn of May, from Martinico by the Caribes, wherein he gives an account of his having bin at the Barbadoes, and indeavour'd to doe what he could there, and that he did make an account (among other things) beginning to be short of victualls, which uniess he should gett by some accident he could not stay out much longer, and in regard the said letter makes mention of the time of