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it till hee had condiconed the Prince shonld find his account in it in case of successe, of which wee did not doubt, provoking him to teil us what grounds he had to hope to the contrary, which heexplained to us thus. That the Electour of Brandenburgh assisted with fifteen thousand men from the Emperour, and those troops the Count de Monterey could draw together, would be able to give snch a diversion to the French as to oblige them to turrie their faces upon them. But that which they relyed most upon was, that they could not believe the King our Master could find his advantages in seeing them totally overrun by the French, and he explained to us that his power to treate with us was upon termes that might separate us from France by a conjunction with them, softning by easier termes that wee should oblige France to give them peace, exclaiming against the exorbitance of their demands viz. those wee sent in our last, and concluding they would dy a thousand deaths rather then submitt to them. Wee replyed wee would doe our best to moderate them, soe wee might find our accompt in the adjustment; and to make our termes goe downe the more easily, wee called it cautionary townes for the performance of what should bee promised us, to which the Prince replyed hee was confident the States would never give them, and that for his owne part, hee conld not in conscience advise them to it. Wee desired him to bethinke himself well not only to remove the warre out of his country but to establish to himselfe a soverainty over it, wherein both the Kings would secure him from abroad and at home from all danger. Hee replied hee liked better the condicon of statholder which they had given him, and that hee beleived himselfe obliged in conscience and honour not to prefer his interest before his obligation. Finding bim thus resolved we desired him to advise with them whomhe could best trust, imagining by his discourse van Beuninghen and Beverning would be the men. Wee gave him the caution of concealing from them the point of Soverainty which we are persuaded hee did observe, and after snpper called them in to conferre wich us to what we had proposed as to the making the peace in generall. The former acording to his usuall way dilated much upon the advantages the King our Master would have therein, withamultitude of arguments drawne from morality and conscience wich took up a great deal of time that evening, and the next morning they protesting against the consenting to give the King any cautionary townes or admitting any divisions of their country. Betwixt these conferences wee endeavoured together and apart to incline the Prince of our mind, but without any successe, hee still adhering to what hee said to us at first, and what was confirmed to him by the advice of these gentlemen. Wee feund all the young men about him of a contrary mind, and whither wee would or noe wee heard them wishing there were a dozen of the States hanged soe the countrey had peace, and the

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