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I am just now arrived here in this town after haveing visited all the places and towns of the provinces of Zealand and Holland, conferred with the chiefe of the States at the Hague, and with som of the forraigp ministers, with the chiefe officiers of the army and the magistrats of Amsterdam. They all acknowledge and so doe the very people that if the French King had sent only 500 horse to the Hague and a 2000 horse to Amsterdam at his very first coming to Utrecht, he would have been now Master of the provinces of Holland; som attributs this reglect to the Prince of Condés sickness, others and generaly all, to the Kings treaty with the French King, wherby his progress was limited; the pentioner de Witte (whome I visited) attributs it only to God's providence, which setts limits to the power and conquests of Kings and States; and first as to this man, I find him intrepid and resolved not to abandon his contrey by any means, but stand by it to the last extremity, relying npon his innocence, and the uprightness of his conduct; but I could perceive, he despaires not to see another change in progress of time, when the people and the world will cleerly see this warr was oceasisned and coutreived by the Prince of Orange his voyage into England and his conferences with the Elector of Brandenbourgh after his retourne; he holds his brother innocent of what he is accused of, and his usage does not terrifie him. I understood by him, that he sounded the Prince of Orange's sense before he gave up his office of pentionarius of Holland and West Frisland, but would not advise him or say anything determinatly, but that the conjuncture was dangerous, because of the people, by which words he understood the Prince his raeaning; it is certaine these Brothers have yett some friends in the government, who thinks it convenient to yield to the Times, and the Prince of Orenge will find som opposition, and himselfe in som danger, whilst they are admitted to live in the government. He sayes there is no man able to succeed in his office, but one Fagel that is griffier to the States Generall, who will not accept of it. This Fagel is a great creature of the Prince, and his Highness is advised most by him and Beverning. The young Rhingrave is like to prove the Prince his favorit; he is allready envied by others about the Prince. The people doe generaly believe at the present they have been betray'd by the de Witts and their party.
As to the condition of the provinces, I find their consternation is over, and that the people are masters in those towns where there is no Garrison, as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leyden, Harlem, and Delfe, and so in all the towns in Zeeland by their predicants that is their Ministers, and they have been the occasion of all the tumult» in