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was done, and I believe in all the townes of Zeeland, though the States heere are very nice to confesse any such thing, but by theyre lookes, and by theyre having beene compelled the very morning wee arrived heere, to doe the same thing, I am apt to thinke I am not mistaken in my guesses; in short what I have seene heere can bee comnared to nothing but the burning of the Rump. The States are m the silhest consternation that ever yet was knowne, they are fearfull and helplesse, as weoinen or children, and yet out of theyre strange fondnesse to governe, are capable of taking noe resolution that might preserve them, for feare of being lesse then they were before. The King of France has sent the States the enclosed articles for a Peace, in which there is not the least notice taken of the King of England! It may be this is a paper of theyre owne making, but the circumstances of this treaty I doe not like. For upon theyre sending M de Guent of Guelders, de Grotte of Holland, Oudyke of Zealand, and d Eek of Gromng, the King of France refused to treate with them, except they had absolute powers to conclude; upon which De Grotte was sent back to obtaine those powers, and that cawsed a greate dispute amongst the States. Zealand, and Groning were positive against grantmg any such powers at all, and Freesland refus'd at this present conjuncture to sende it, bnt yet notwithstanding the States of Holland with those other three States which the King of France has conquer'd,' sent back De Grotte fully impourd without the consent of the rest, and contrary to the very constitution of their Government. This caus'd Zealand and Groninguen to send back for theyre deputies, soe that de Guent and Grotte only remayned with the King of France; who upon this sent de Grott hither, with these enclosed articles, declaring that, if within five dayes they are not consented to, hee will goe on with his conquest, and this is the last of those five dayes. Delfsil mentioned in the second article is a very considerable port in Freesland Wee arejust now going to the Prince of Orange, and fromthenceto the French army, both which are quarter'd as my Lord Arlington has wntten to you. In our way hither wee came by the Dutch fleet, which wee could not now count in all to bee seventy sayle, and those that came up to us were very poorly manned; the reason of it wee learn'd heere, for they have sent all the best men out of theyre ships to the land army; I veryly believe that if our fleete should come up to them, they would not dare to fire a gun. If the Prince of Orange could be persuaded to send in the Dutch fleete to the Duke, and deliver up some townes into our hands, it would bee in my opinion not only the best way for us, but also the surest for him to finde his accounte in this businesse. Wee have thought fitt to send you now this expresse, and if H. M. has any further commands for us, I hope hee will let us have them with all speed, for the time presses.