Prince were soveraigne of it. Before wee left his Highnesse he advised with us whether it would not befitt him taking the occasion of his being made stadtholder to dispatch one to H. M. beseeching him to doe all good offices toward a peace, upon the aforesaid grounds of honour and conscience, and intreated us to write the same to H. M. as our humble.advice, from wich wee excused ourselves and went away that night for Utrecht, where have notifyed to the King by M. Godolphin that wee were arrived. Wee were appointed an audience the next day being Thursday, to which the Duke of Monmouth wasjoyned, who put on his hat and made his compliments-with us by the Kings particular approbation, though the credentialls made noe mention of him, which being done H. M. bid all the company goe out except M.r de Louvoy and M. de Pompone who stayed in the roome. When he had asktus and we had answered him many questions upon the whole eonstitution and progresse of the warre, and H. M. had made us many professions of his resolution not to give it over till the King our Master were intirely satisfyed, he directed us to meet M.' de Louvoy and M.r de Pompone this day in the morning at nine a clock in the next roome to his owne Bedehamer, where wee were shut up with them till twelve. The scope of their discourse was to lett us know that his most Cristian M.tie was to adhere to his demands, shewing us the moderatenesse of them in respect of what he had already conquered, and what he might reasonably expect to conquer, having soe much of the yeare still before him, and how by them he left the States the intire possession of their Seaven Provinces; that they expected speedily the returne of the States Deputies, at wich time it would be filt that wee should be ready with our demandes, without the grant of wich his M.tie would not be satisfyed.
Wee asked a plaine question whither his most Cristian M. e would bee content to make an end of the war, which they avoided the answearing by desiring to know the King our Masters mind; thereupon wee told them that after soe much expence and expectation from the people hee could not well end the war without reaping the benefits hee had proposed to himselfe in it.the posession of what was specified in the Treaty.
By this discourse then, to us together, and since apart, wee plamly discover the King would be glad to make an honourable end of the matter, not despairing of seing his propositions agreed to by the deputies, wherefore they seemed wishing to examine with us the probability of obtainingours. They told us their opinion how hardly the States would consent to the dismembring those 8 parts of Zealand from the rest of the Provinces, wherefore on both sides wee agreed that the onely way of bringing them to this point would bee to make our demandes consist of a sum me of money to bee paid at large termes, tribute for the fis-