Townsmen to the paysants in case of danger. That it may be attempted really to land in two of these places, and seeme to land in the third, to divide all the force in the island; that when landed the first thing must be don to seize upon the sleuses, to hinder the island to be lay'd under water as it may be don. My friend assures 3000 resolut men will beat all the forces that are in the island; I have remark'd that it will be convenient tb make a provision of faschines, for to be able to goe over diches, many being in the island, and which will be requisit to flll the diches of the Towns in case of attempt.
But my friend doth advise an expediënt I have hinted to him, and doth conclude it absolutely necessary and may prove a means to effect the designe without any bloodshed or loss at all; that is when the fleet is at sight of the Island, to send a Herald or some able understanding man that can speake Dutch, but it is advis'd it may not be Mons.' Sylvius for not being look'd upon by those of the Province as a man of probity, but sombody else, and one M.r Skelton is thought a fitt man, knowing the language very well; this man to bring letters from the King in Dutch to the States of the Province, to the Magistrats of the Towns, to the gueldens of the Town (I think they are the chief men of every trade), and to the people themselves, and to the predicants or ministers, and many coppys to be spread among the people, and the letters to conteine matter to thispurpose: that his Majesty out of Christian consideration, and to eschew the shedding of blood, and out of a great desire to protect the people of that Province from the calamities of warr and ruine, which he intends to make happy and glorious, by annexing the Province or whatsoever part will yeeld itselfe to the Crowne of England in the same manner that the province of Weales is, that the Towns and people shall be capacitated to send their members to Parliament, and enjoye the same liberties, imunities and privileges which any of the people of England doe, and that which no other subjects in the world doe enjoye in such an eminent degree; that their Magistrats shall be continued, their religion, which is the same, their predicants maintained, considered, and their subsistence augmented, that no province in the world shall enjoye so much trade and commerce and fiurish as it shal doe; that their Taxes and impositions shall be lessned by much; that none shall receive the least prejudice in his person or estate, and in fine their condition will be enveyed by all the people of the world, if they will yeeld of themselves; otherwise that so many thousand men are ready to land who are resolved to dey or conquer, that they have so many hours to resolve, and they may consider what men of such a resolution are able to doe, that they have no succes at hand, that there can be no peace without the yeelding or conquering of this province, which is resolved by both Kings: that yeelding