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jugé a propos de le renvoyer au plutost, supliant V. A. de trouver bon que la réponse se fasse dans le terme que l'on a proposé, ou par escrit, ou par des députés avec plein pouvoir de traiter et eonclure. Dans eette espérance nous avons jugé a propos d'arrêter notre voyage et de séjourner icy jusques a ce que la réponse nons soit faite.

82. GODOLPHIN AAN ARLINGTON, 22 Juli 1672 »).

I have your Lordshipps letter by S/ Gabriel Sylvius, who arrived here t.his afternoone, and bringing with him a letter from yourLordship, directed to M.' de Loavoy, I went along with him to his house, where S' Gabnel Sylvius acquainted him with all that had passed betwixt hun and the Prince of Orange, with the disposition in which ne lound hjs Highnesse to accept of peace, and the souverainety of tho country, in case the proposalls offered him by the two Kings might be a httle moderated, and with all his obstinacy to perish, rather then submitt to them, as they were sett downe in the papers which he brought him. M.' de Louvoy said he was much surprized to find the Pnnce so much startled at these conditions, when the States deputies of themselves had ad first offered more, even before they had taken Nimmegue and Grave, and severall other places, which they are since masters of; to which «ff Gabriel Sylvius replyed, that those deputies were disavowed by the country, and that for Mr. de Groot m particular, noebody knew what was become of him. Hee asked us then (because your letter mentions the moderating demands on both sides) upon what particular the King of England would be content to moderate his, and having answered him that I thought it was hkely it must be upon someone of those places in Zealand, he said as to the conditions proposed by the King his Majesty, he saw noe reason why they should think them hard, but in one particular viz. the insisting upon those places taken in the Island of Betuwe, and by what I can guesse, by his manner of speaking upon that article, I believe they will be contented toe goe off from it, and perhaps some otners, when the negotiation shall once come to be lüé as they call it, for it ,s very plaine they would be glad of the peace, if they might have it with such conditions as conquerours ought to expectnot as if it were sought by them. After come some other discourse concermng the Dutch troopes, the succours to come from the Emperour with which they flattered themselves, he told us, it was not tor him to determine what was next to be done, but that he would goe presently and acquaint the King with what Mons' Sylvms had said, and having done soe, he told us that Mons.' de

1) R. O., Holland 190. —

„From the camp near Boisleduc'