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Du temps de la Reyne Blizabeth et du Roy Jacques, l'admiral d'Angleterre a tousjours baissé le pavillon après que celuy de Hollande 1'a fait, et luy a donné un signal pour le relever. J'ay asses penetré les sentimens des Estats pour vous dire qu'ils ne ehangeront pas la forme de salut expliquée cy-dessus, et ils m'ont dit qu'il vaudroit bien mieux que la flotte du Roy ne se joiguit pas avec la leur, que de former une contestation dont les cbefs ne tomberont jamais d'accord. Tellement que tout ce que je leur ay allegué la-dessus pour deferer eet honneur au pavillon de S. M. a esté inutile, et se sont tenus ferme a ce qui a esté pratiqué. Je n'ay aucune preuve par escrit ny par les traietés passés de ce qui a esté fait en telles rencontres, et §'a esté seulement de boucbe que ces Messieurs m'en ont informé. Je crois que les vieux officiers de marine qui sont en France vous en pourront mieux esclaircir que moy, qui üe puis en scavoir que ce que j'en apprendray icy.

259. NIEUWSBERICHT, 23 Juli. 1666 »).

If these lines come safe to your hands they will teil you I am come lately into ther country, soe shall comunicate some passages to you which I have met with since I came. I understand that the Hollands fleet consistinge of about 86 men of warr ly before the North Foreland and Harwich and theire about attendinge the eomeinge out of the English fleet, but theire landsouldiers with their fleeboates returnd 4 daies since, but you must knowe its only their pike men and such as are not usefull upon theire men of warr, but this may not lull you asleep. Within 10 or 14 daies time 'the Hollands fleet wilbe strengthened with 14 great shipps; Amsterdam will have 10 of 70 guns a peece, the rest from other admiralties, which within that time will make out as many new men they cannot want, giveinge large wages, soe that its the greatest mistake that ever England had to keep these peoples men prisoners in order to a want of men (here); had they clothed them as fast as taken prisoners and returnd them home, they had done theire worke long since; but this is a digression from my purpose, though a maxim, England will at last finde true. I finde the marchants shipps beginn to trade from hence to all places, soe these people account themselves masters of the sea pro tempore, but there French fleet of marchant shipps arrived relate the Scotts capers have borrowed 10 or 12 of them and are like to make bould with more. I finde this country is yet quiet by land, though threatened

1) R. O., News Letters 49. — Ongeteekend; hand F. — Adres: „a Monsieur Thomas Bancques, marchand a Londres". — De plaats van waar de brief geschreven is, is niet aangegeven.

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