stood much on it. At last he yeelded somewhat, which being told the Rhingrave he shrugged up his shoulders, but said he would goe and acquaint the Prince, etc, promising to be backe Sunday night or Monday morning.
N.B. The impatience of van Beuningen at dinner time; nothing bnt laughed, to thinke what a game wee played for ourselves in suffenng them to be lost.
That wee could last but three yeares after them.
Most ridiculoused att his behaviour.
July 24 Sunday. Mons.' Sylvius returned from the French camp brought letters from de Louvoys and Pompone with an account of the King of France's mind in the matter of the peace. That he thought enough was done on both their parts towards the States and the Prince of Orange, and that it was now their part to lay hold of it if they would without further applications from the two Kings, and that they should send, if they would treat, to London or Paris. That he was goeing to Paris on Wednesday, and advised the Lords to goe for London.
KB. The Lords liked the message in this particular well, that the Kmg seemed to continue in his mind of contributing to the bovereignty of the Prince of Orange, which considering what hints and intimacons van Beuningen gave of theire willingnesse to admitt of the Pnnces's sovereignty, they thought was very likely to be done. And they expected impatiently the returne of the Rhingrave.
July 25, Monday. Stayed all this day in expectation of the Rhingrave. But he not coming, the Lords resolved to be goeing, and to leave a note of Mr. Germine for the Rhingrave privately, encourageing him by the bye to follow to Ghent, where he would persuade the Lords to stay in that case one day.
July 26, Tuesday. Parted early for Ghent.
Here came a letter to Mr. Germine from the Rhingrave, long and particular in complaints to the Lords with two lines of civility from the Prince of Orange's owne hand. But not one word of the businesse, off nor on. At which the Lords wondered much, etc.
A letter from White at Brussels came at night 'by expresse from Antwerp, givmg an account to Lord Arlington of the news there lhat the Emperor marched 20.000 men towards Lipstadt to joine with Brandenburg. That this last had engaged Sweden to joine, and in consideracon was to give him his share of Pomerania. That this allyancc would bnng an army of 80.000 men to the succour of Holland, and that de Witt's party tooke heart againe, etc; lessethoughtsofapeace in Holland. That the Emperor had sent to the Queen of Spaine to declare presently, etc.
July 27, Wednesday. Proceeded to Bruges.