To cal! the Parliament together would yet be more dangerous, because the Comuions have long since quarrelled with the Government, and they would certainly call for an account of things, which must be answered either with the greatest rigour or the most dishonorable subnission. All which being well considered and laid together, it seems very probable, that if Holland, exclusively to the French, should offer equitable and on both sides tolerable conditions, together with a reasonable summ of money, to pay all the debts contracted in this warr, without help of the Parliament, the peace wonld soon be made.
I must add to this (although I shall desire, that no measure may be taken from it before a more certain intelligence wich I hope to get next week) that the King is said to have projected, and to have
no small inclination to , and that the uncorrupted doe
propose In the country, and in this town, as also upon the
river, there is againe a great presse, but greater in the country than in towne. H. M. is said to have endeavoured to dissuade the Duke of York from going again to sea, and to have proposed Prinee Rupert for the next expedition, but that he had not been able to divert the Duke from it, as pretending that he must have a revenge for the last disgrace, and that besides he well knew, that D'Estre'e would not submit to Prince Rupert, who being far from loving the French, wonld let them be somewhat more roughly handled by the Dutch before he would relieve or suecour tbem.
Meantime, there are yet to this very hour a good number of English commanders and seamen in this town, among the rest, the earl of Ossory, who made great largesses in his ship to the wounded men, giving to them from 10 to 50 shilling sterling whereby he made himself much beloved.
I met yesterday unexpectedly in the Park Colonel John Scott, that was lately in the service of the United Provinces, of whom some say that he quitted Holland; others, that he is expressly sent hither by some Dusch lords, who desire peaee with the English, to make propositions for that purpose. He carrieth bis left arme in a scarfe, and was yesterday conducted by Sr. Joseph Williamson to my Lord Arlingtons house, where he staid a long while; wich maketh the latter of the
two the more credible. Certain it is, that take no little ombrage
at it. This I intreat you to manage warily.
Just now coms news, that the English fleet i3 still in the Buoy of the Nore; and that the ship Henry is so much torne, that she cannot be repaired these two months. They as yet owne to have lost no other ship but the Royatt James.