the least very nobly, and as they all confessed, infinitely beyond the examples of any former time. As indeed the ambassadors treatement had farre snrpassed that of any others, for the respects and observance expressed to them in all circumstances, not to speake of the cost in the entertainement.
July 21th. Mons.r Sylvius parted for the French camp to acquaint Mons.r de Louvoy with the reception he had had with the Prince of Orange, and carryed a letter from my Lord Arlington and the Lords, which is entred, importing, that if the French King upon what Mons.' de Sylvius should say would thinke fitt to abate of his condicons, they on their part would doe so too, and then seuding Mons.r Sylvius to the States againe, as was intended by the Lords, possibly the States might send ambassadors to treat the Peace, in which case the Lords would returne to the camp, upon the arrival of their deputyes.
N. B. Dispute happened about the wording of the letter. That the French King should first declare if be would abate of his condicons, ere Mons.' Sylvius should proced to Holland. That was the point. Duke of Buckingham was for it to be said in the letter, bluntly; Lord Arlington onely decently and softly etc; vide the Brouillon. This was the substance of Sylvius his dispatch. July 23 van Beuningen came and preached his old topeckes over againe. That if Holland must be ruined, they would not be divided, but give themselves all to one, i. e. France; not accept, as the condicons bore, to be divided between England and France, and to be worse than subjects to either etc.
The Rhingrave came and first privately after he had seen the ambassadors coldly desired to speake with Mons.r Germaine which was done. Said he came by order of the Prince of Orange to let them know, that though the Prince was not to seeke nor it may be earely to accept of an offer of soverainty, yet he wonld be willing enough to take it if the people gave it him. That the ambassadors saying onely to van Beuningen, that the King would take it well, and desire it should be given him, certainly the thing would be done.
N.B. Lord Arlington cannot imagine what this should meane but that van Beuningen is gained to the Prince, and upon this being said to him by the ambassadors, is to goe and prose upon it to the people, and say: this will certainly doe it, etc.
The Rhingrave said he had order to speake with Lord Arlington, not with the Duke of Buckingham. Lord Arlington went to him and he dismissed the servant.
„Well," said Lord Arlington, „but what shall wee gett, if wee doe this for Prince of Orange?" — „What would you aske ?" said the'other. Lord Arlington came and endeavonred that the Duke of Buckingham would condescend to a moderacou of the demands as to places. The Duke