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which are this evening expired, and the deputyes they say they returne today. Mons.' Vabuning and Mons.' de Wey say they will accompany us the Prince of Orange; they observe two things especially to us upon the French propositions; l8t that the King askes in effect their whole country, 2^ that there is noe mention of the King of Englande and that Mons.r de Louvoy told the deputies his master would flnally agree with them if his propositions weare agrede to, adding, that the King of Englande would agree likewise if hee had-satisfaction upon the flag and money to pay the charges of his part of the warre; this wee had from Mons.r Vabuning to whome wee answered wee must heare the King speake himselfe.

The newes this morning is that the French troopes have taken Omersconce which opens their way into Friselande. This dispatch goes by captaine Coret of the Henrietta; wee thinke fitt todetainethe other till another occasion, and wee beleeve verry good use may bee made of their going and coming, for which reason wee hope his Majesty and H. R. H. may order this to returne, especially if wee finde occasion (as I thinke wee shall) to sende also the Kathenne after it-

67. BUCKINGHAM AAN CLIFFORD, 5 Juli 1672 ').

Though our expectation to finde disorders here was very greate, yet what wee saw when wee arrived exceeded all we could imagine. Our first salutation at Masland sluce was God blesse the King of England and the Prince of Orange and the Deville take the States. The whole towne drew up in armes, and conducted us to the State Howse, where wee drunke the King of England and the Prince of Orange^s health; if that place had beene worth keeping wee might certamly have maintained it. Coming into the Maese, my yanght running aground I was fored to stay some time time to get her off againe, and thinking my Lord Arlington had gone before to the Brill, I tooke a boate and went thither, where I found all things just as they were atMaesland Sluice in soe much that I believe I might have take that towne myselfe. There are noe soulders there at all, for the townes men will not let them come in, who are themselves in armes, and very drunck with drinking the King of England and the Prince of Orange's health. This change began first at Rotterdam, where the people enrag'd against the States, sett up the Prince of Orange's coullours, and forced the magistrates to declare him State Holder, and unsweare the oath they had formerly taken, never to admit him into that place. From thence they sent to Dort, the Brill, and Maesland Sluice, where the same thing

i) R. O., Holland 189. — Uit den Haag.

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