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precis de nous suivre partout, pour la comodité de notre voyage. II ne sera pas necessaire que nous vous disions avec quelle courtoisie et ponctualité ils nous ont servi, et aussi peu de nous mettre sur les louauges du Roy de sa generosité et bonté envers nous, ou les reconnoissances tres humbles qne nous luy eu avons. C'est a nous a en faire un fidel rapport au Roy notre maistre, comme de la mainere tres obligeante dont vous aves usé avec nons, dans toute notre negotiation.

Vous tronveres bon, s'il vous plaist, que nous puissions assenrer icy M.r de Pompone de nos trés humbles services.

80. BUCKINGHAM, ARLINGTON EN HALIFAX AAN CLLFFORD, 21 Juli 1672 i).

I wrote a short one a) to your Lordshipps on the 19 the evening wee arrived here, giving you an account also of our having seen the coude de Monterey in a third place, and of our resolution to stay here the next day to fitt ourselves for our further progress on our journey towards England, accordingly wee did so, and being invited by the count de Marcyn to dinner, the conde de Monterey came in thither, and dined with us, to compleat his complement of the night before. In the evening when it was dark, Sir Gabriel Sylvius with much surprize to us arrived telling us, he had seen the Prince of Orange and had found him in no small trouble att the propositions he carryed with him, saying, he looks for easier ones from both the Eings with a recommendation to the States of making him soverain of their countrys. Sir Gabriel answered him he had expressed himself so bbscurely thereupon by his discourse, and so expressly otherwise in his letter, that he ought not to complaine of the disappointment; he likewise found him unwilling to answer, nay almost to open his letters, without those of the States Monsieurs Berverning, van Beuningen and Amerongen being by, who were attending him, to whom he impartéd them, after he had cursorily read them, and in the mean time whilst he was preparing himself to gett on horsbacke, argued with Sir Gabriel concerning the exorbitancy of the French propositions and the difficulty he should find in getting the English ones granted; he beleeved Sluse, Cadsande and the Brill might bee consented to, but that the people of VKssing were so extravagant in their humours, that they would never consent to putt themselves into the English 'hands. Sir Gabriel asked him wher he should expect his answer (because the Prince was then going away) offering to do it at the Hague, which

1) R. O., Holland 190. — Uit Antwerpen. — Die spreekt is Arlington, maar de beide anderen teekenen mede.

2) Niet aangetroffen.

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