that there was no place in Christendom where the subject was more happy and more master of his life and fortune then in England, and enjoyed more liberty and more privileges, and so wee came to particullarize them, and to speake of religion, which was the same in beliefe. This discourse was in great company, and the same day related to others, and haveing com to the hearing of Monsieur d'Armanvillier a Frenchman that is much in favor with the Prince of Orange, and one Demarez a Minister much in his favor, they visited me, and gave me thanks for the good office I did the Prince; and Demarez told me the Prince sayd often times to himselfe that he had rather bee as his ancestors were in the Government of the United Provinces then be King of England and of the other two kingdoms. I found the name of Soveraigne to be odious to the magistrats of Amsterdam. I told them it is better have one then many; and better doe it of themselves then be compelled to it by both Kings, and perhaps by the very people themselves; and this last they really apprehend. This same discourse I have had with the bourgermaster of Dort with whom I came thither from the Hague, and kept there two dayes; he with many others of the States are of opinion that it is better for the Prince to be Statholder then a Souveraigne, but that if he will bee a Souveraigne, he may be, and are of opinion all tends to that.
At the mouth of the Texell where they think the English may land they have about 2500 horse and 3000 paysants; Elversleus they hold to be in a good posture of defence, the which place som of the States told me was to be attempted on by the English a litte after the declaration of the warr, that the wind proved contrary, and one M.r Newport that was formerly ambassador in England in Cromwells time being advertised out of England of this designe made report of it to the States and he and another were ordered to see that place putt in a good posture, which they found unprovided and in great disorder; at the Brill there is but a reasonable garrison, 7 our 8 companies of foot and a eompagny of the towusmen of Rotterdam consisting of 250 men; this place they say must be carryed in six howers or not at all; and som of the States and Don Emanuel de Lyra told me that if the English fleet now lately could have landed men and attempt that place, it would have been carried. There is som place in the Meuse that men may land there and inconvenience them much, but I could not know the name without appearing over much inquisitive, wich I did endeavour to eschew.
They acknowledge likewise that if the English fleet could have landed men at the Texell when it appeard therabouts, they would have received great prejudice and their consternation would have been renewed; this foule weather by sea and land they attribut (as they have reason) to a great providence.