There is a paper given in by som of your acquaintance of the present state of affaires in England; it is very well lik'd by Monsieur de Witt and Mons.r Dolman; I have it translated into Dutch and will have it translated into French, that you may see it and send me your judgeraent of it.
I was aboard Mons.r de Ruyter's ship for two or three days with him, he told me he never went to sea with so great alacrity as he goes now upon this expedition; I brought him an order from the States that impowers and authorizes him to putt to death such as he shall find guilty of not acting well. He caused those of his ship to take an oath of fidelity to the States and to serve with zele and courage; his ship carries 80 guns, 400 marrinars and a 150 soldiers, his own son with his company is aboard with him, he hath three sea captaines, three steermen, three pilots and nine surgeants; he hath six pieces that carries 44 pounds bullets; the lower ranck is of guns that carries from 30 pounds to 18, and the rank above that, carries from 18 to 12. Our whole fleet will consist of 90 ships and 16 fire ships wherof 30 carries at least 60 guns; where the randevous will be, is not yet declared. Wee have put land officers upon such ships as weeapprehend to have captains of no great courage, and that wee can not well remove from their command. The admiral of Denmarck is parted with 8 friguats that carries 30 guns, som 24, som 18 and 12, with equipage for som more ships, and 300.000 livres in money.
Wee can not make a peace without France and Denmarck, nor receive the least overture without the knowledge of the one and the other; Monsieur van Beuning writt to mee that the Queene mother of England wrote a letter "to the King of France tutching somthing of a treaty, the King would not open it but in the presence of M. van Beuning. The Marquis of Castel Rodriguo wrote of late a letter to Monsieur de Witt, which was presently communicated to the French ambassador and withall the answer. This tye of not treating but conjoyntly in my opinion will make the peaee more difficult; sic est in fatis I am affrayd.
As for the business of the Prince of Orange, thus it is; the Princess Dowager finding she could not goe through with her designs, she presented a memorial to the States of Holland to be pleased to take care of the affaires and education of the Prince and complayning of the 'illmanagement of those who had his-affaires in hand; wherupon the States have ordered that upon the representation of the Princess Dowager that the Prince his affaires were not well managed and in consideration of the services of his ancestors, he should be taken into their care; Monsieur de Witt the pensioner, Mons.r Norwick and two more of the States are appointed to take care of his estate and of his education; a pension will be given to Mons.r de Zulestein;