with the Duke, and to inform himself of what passed in the late fight, and to doe justice against those that had not acquitted themselves as they ought. The losse of the men is made still greater and greater, and I am credibly informed, that there were slaine 10000 men, besides the wounded, of which there dye daily in great numbers. The. King is expected here again to morrow with the Prince, though it was said this morning at Whitehall, that H. M. will be here again this very day, because he has not found the Duke, who was, upon the report of the Dutch fleet being strengthend with 24 fresh and stout men of warr, gone over to this Coast, to meet them with all the English and French ships that are servieeable. It is given out here, that within a week the maimed ships will be repaired, and will then presently return to the fleet, together with the merchantmen that are fitted for war-ships: but I know from very good hands, that that cannot be done in doublé that time, and that that noise is only spred, pour faire h mauvais jeu bonne mine, for they are here not a little unhinged and perplexed, as well by reason of the want of money, as naval ammunition; to which adde the daily graving jealousy against the French, which the Eing must dissemble against his will, being obliged to say against his better knowledge, and to still the report, that the French had fought well, apprehending that if he should owne the truth, he would be reproached by the whole nation, for having too hastily engaged himself with the French, who seek nothing else than by corruption and fraud to get the monarchy of all Europe. For, since the late fight it hath been said plainly enough, that now the French dessein appears, and that the English, among other kindnesses, have shewd them not only the manner and order of fighting at sea, without endangering them, but taught them also the coasts, sands, banks, advenews, and in short, le fort et le foible of this kingdome. What will follow from this jealousy and discontent, will shortly appear. I am told that the King is indeed disturbed by reason of these discourses and accidents, but that H. M. sees no means how to redresse them without trouble and ill consequence. He begins to perceive his fault, in hearkning too much to the Caball exclusively and contrary to the rest of his Oounsell. For the said Caball itself is formidable to him, and he feares, that the rest are so disgusted at it, that they are become unwilling to assit him in redressing things without banishing those, who in that case must needs be sacrificed, at least the greater part of them ? and
it is said that 1) is already separated from the rest, and
is he with whom they are to begin first.
\) „In these blanks, and in those below, are ennigmatical letters, which seemto import more than ordinary intelligence" (noot in margine van het stuk).