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his Highness would not admitt of, proposing Gorcum instead of it but 8ir, Gabnel refusiog this it was allowed of betwixt them both he should come hither, wher being arrived, and telling us this story' wee teil to consider what wee had best do. Wee thought it lmpropèr to returne upon these uncertaintyes unto the French camp, but more so the proceed on our journey towards England, and so feil naturally into the resolution of staying here, and sending Sir Gabriel Sylvius back to the Prince, but becanse the doing it by any other way then that ot the Frech camp might furnish matter of jealousy to his most Ohnstian Majesty, wee have resolved of sending him thither, there to declare what hee observed and heard att his meeting the Prince In a word to try whither he can induce thereby the French ministers to a moderation of their propositions; wee offring to retrench something of ours upon tbat condition, so the peace may follow thereupon, and that you may better judge of this whole matter wee here inclosed send you copyes of the act that passed betwixt us and the French ministers tfaeirs and our propositions, the letters wee sent then and now tothe' Prince of Orange, as allso our letter now to Monsieur de Louvois upon Sir Gabnell Sylvius's returne thither, by all which you will have the matter before you, as wee have it.

In my former I should have told your Lordshipps that although you gave us a direction from his Majesty not to insist upon having surrendered to him Sluse and Cadsand, but rather to gratify the Krench with yeelding them to them, not to retard the making the peace, yet the matter not coming to bear, wee upon advice forbore to owne it, neither have they called upon us to explaine ourselves thereupon, wherefore wee humbly hope that his Majesty reflecting upon the importance of those places will bee pleased to retract his condescemaon there.n, because what he is like to have besides will bee of httle value without them for'the opening the river to Antwerp, aud consequently lessening the trade and value of Amsterdam, and this made rur heretofore fight this battle so warmely with the ministers, that perhaps they thought it fitt to avoyde the coming againe to us in the same argument.

When wee left the King of France according to our instruotions, wee minded hm, of lending his Majesty the two thonsand men formerly promised from Dunkirke; he replyed hee could not easily furnish at this present above fifteen hundred, but that that number should be effectively ready upon cal]. This discourse begatt ip the Duke of Monmouth a desire to have bis regiment sent over instead of them, nrirj T 1utrCated me t0 Pr0p0se t0 his most Christian Majesty

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