Middelbourg; if they could be gained, the people would easily be.
There are no soldiers at present at Amsterdam but a few new raised men and a company of horse of the yong people of the town, the magistrats are in daily feare of the comon sorte of people: the milicia of the town consists of 60 companies, each company consists of 250 men, they begin allready to be weary their garding aud watching, and a general decay of trade is visibly seen in every place, the comon sorte of people begin to feele it, and begin to beconi beggars, an unusual sight in these provinces; there is come in Amsterdam for ten years, great store of ammunition of warr; the fortifications in very good order, and such batteries raised where there is the least passage that it cannot be forced; it is impreguable but by famine or plague, or an insurrection of the people; the Prince is gon thither to compose som differences betwixt the people and the magistrats, aud to displace som men; and som thinks to sound the inclimations of som leadiug men there; I know he will find many there very averse to his being soveraigne. I was informed by som of the States that his ehiefest business was to raise money for to pay som garrisons that begin all to feele the pulse of the burgermasters and sheriffs and som other of the magistrats, being treated by them, and brought to see all that was to bee seen in the whole citty. Haveing askd my sense, where, when and how their troubles could speedily end, I told them I saw no other way than to force the Prince of Orange to becom their soveraigne if he should refuae it, as he was resolved to doe, and give to the King of England parte of those towns he pretends to; by this means they would secure the loss of their fortunes and lives and see their troubles at an end. for immediatly after an offensive and defensive league would ensue betwixt the Eings of England and of Spayne, the Emperor, the Prince of Orenge and the Princes of Geruiany, to keepe Christendom in a continuall peace; by continueing the warr, which will never end otherwise, they exposé themselves to all the calamities of warr, and by their inundations they will infallibly occasion a plague and at last be reduc'd to give themselves up as a prey to their enimies; and I added that I was much scandalised to find during their late consternation, that som thought of giveing themselves up to the French King, others to the King of England, but none thought to give themselves up to the King of Spayne, the aneient Lord and master, who now in their distress hazards the loss of his monarchie for their preservation. To this they reply'd that their preservation was his and.that many were well inclin'd for his present generosity, but they saw he was not ahle to protect them. From this wee came to speake of Governments, and of their liberty, which I shewed to be absolute tyranny, and tooke occasion to demonstrat that of all Governments that of the Kings of England was the sweetest and best grounded for the subjects liberty; and