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in effe&t that which ye have always in your mouth; ani that which the Mark of your Sheaf of Arrows fignifieth, which it hath pleas'd you to have graven in your Seal ; that is to say, that no Member of this goodly Body respect that which is his own, but regard the whole Body altogether, that some one part of the Body take not unto it self that Meat which is prepar'd for the whole, but that it suffer the stomach (which is the Council that ye shall ordain and appoint) to concoct and digest the same, and to send it by the Veins to al tie Members of this Estate ; and specially, that where soever any Disease or Sickness shall appear, the Physicias Mould speedily be sent thither, and that the Patients' should quietly bear for a time the Miferies upon them, that so they may feel at the length a joyful Deliverance from their Dit case and Evil. Shall not this be a juft Reproach upon us and purs for ever, if that, having to glorious an Estate under om power, and so goodly means for our Defence, we do, thro a miserable Covetousness, and greedy Desire to get unto our felves fome Commodities, and that with the prejudice and hurt of our Country-men and Friends, whilft somé draw on way, and some another; if we do, I say, find our felves, and that in a moment, snar'd and overwhelm'd by our deadly En mies? Remember, my Lords, I pray you, the very great diminishing and weakning of this Eftate, which came to pas after the Death of Duke Charles, which fell upon us for ne other thing, but because that while the Provinces buted themselves, to contend and to fight against one another for certain pretended Privileges, and for certain Commodities
, the rest was abandon’d and forsaken. Think not that it is in my power (the Affairs and Matters being in such Condition as they are) any long time to refift the Enemy with such small and senler means, as you (my Lords) know that I have had in my hand and possesion. But on the other fide, if I have any Experience or Practice of Government and War; if I know this Country, and the Means that the Enemy hath, tho that all the Armies and Powers, which they threaten shall come the next Year out of Spain and 34, should come upon us and our Powers, they shall do no more, but niuch less rather, than the Duke of Alva did in Hola! and Zeland. And if it be in your power to take order for this (as it is in teed) and yet notwithstanding ye do it not; by what name shall a man call this Fault, if it be committed by you, my Lords, who are here assembled, and upon whom all the good People of this Country itay themselves, esteeming you as their Fathers and their Protectors, who will also wil. lingly embrace, as some joyful News sent from Heaven, ans
od Order which you shall decree and establish? Where. ce take pity of your selves; and if that which concerneth ur selves move you not, yet take pity, I pray you, of so my poor People already deftroy'd, and more like to be;
so many poor Widows and fatherless Children; of so many .urders and Slaughters, committed within the Bowels of vur own Country, of so many Churches destroy'd; and of
many Pastors wandering up and down, together with their sor Flocks. Set before you that cruel and barbarotis Execuon committed at Nivelle, by the Count of Mansfeld. Which lings you may easily avoid, and caft all the Evil ani Mir. sief of this War upon the Enemy, if only you remove Paralitys and Partakings, and with one Courage and Heart, as
were, employ together all the means that you have, witk-. ut fparing, I say, not the bottom of your Purses, but that hich aboundeth therein.
And as concerning that which particularly toucheth my :lf, you see (my Lords) that it is this Head that they seek yr, the which by such a Price, and so great a Sum of Mony, hey have vowd and appointed to death; and say, that lo ong as I shall be among you, the Wars shall have no end. Nould to God, my Lords, either that my perpetual Banishnent, or else my very Death it self, might bring unto you
found and true Deliverance from so many Mischiefs and Caamities, as the Spaniards (whom I have seen so many times leliberate in Council, devise, and speak of particularly, and whom I know within and without) do devise against you, and prepare for you. O how sweet should this Banishment be anto me? O how delightful should this Death be unto me? For wherefore is it, that I have given over, yea loft all my Goods? Is it to enrich my self? Wherefore have I loft mine own Brethren, whom I lov’d more than mine own Life? Is it that I might find some other elsewhere? Wherefore have I so long time left my Son a Prisoner; my Son, I far, whom I ought so much to desire, if I be a Father? Is it bicause you are able to give me another, or because you are able to restore him to me again? Wherefore have I put my Life so oftentimes in danger ? What other Recompence, what other Reward, can I look for, of my long Travels, which have come upon me for your Service sake, even lo far, that they have brought upon me old Age, and the Ruin and Lofs of all my Goods, except it be to purchase and to procure you Liberty, and that, if need be, with the Price of my Bloot? If you therefore, my Lords, do judg, either that my Absence, or that my very Death it felf, may ferve you, or stand you in any itead, behold I am ready to obey; Mm 4
Command me, yea send me even to the world's end, and I will obey you. Behold my Head, over which no Prince or Monarch hath any power, save you only; dispose thereof, as Mall make most for your own Good, and for the Health and Preservation of your Commonwealth. But if you judg, that this mean Experience and small Diligence that is in me, and which I have attain’d by so long and fo continual Travel: if you judg that the Remainder of my Goods, and that my Life it self, may as yet serve you (as indeed I do wholly dedicate and consecrate the same unto this Country) resolve then upon the Points which I propound unto you and set before yoų. And if you think that I bear any Love to the Country, and that I have any Sufficiency in me to give Coursel, believe that this is the only mean to affure, yea to deliver our selves from the Enemy. This being done, let us with one Heart and Good Will go together, and let us together embrace the Defence of this guod People, which demandeth nothing else but to have good Counsels laid open before them, nor defireth any thing else but to follow the fame: And this doing, if you yet continue towards me the Farou which heretofore you have born me, I hope by your Aid and God's Grace (which I have so often heretofore felt, and that in very perplexed and doubtful Matters) that that which fhall be resolv'd upon by you, shall be for the Good and Pre fervation of your Selves, your Wives and Children, and all Sacred and Holy Things.
The Prince of Orange's Letter to the Eftates.
my Lords the Estates General. Y
OU have known, my Lords, by my Life past, and by
my Behaviour, that I never minded to answer to any Libels of Defamation, which certain Slanderers had publith'd againft me; insomuch as if the Quality and Greatness of the Wrong, which hath been done against me by the Profcription that the King of Spain hath caus’d to be publish’d, I had not as yet proceeded so far, especially had it not been that the Maintenance of mine Honour had requested the fame of me, as I have more largely laid out the same in my Defence, which I have presented unto you. Since which time, there is come into my hands a Letter very false and counterfeit by mine Enemy, which they say they intercepted, and I sent to my Lord the Duke of Anjou, or (as they say to the Duke of Alanson, whereof some Personages amongit them, and that of great Quality also, have sent Copies, as well to certain Towns of our fide, and amongłt us, as to sundry strange and foreign Princes. This Letter, my Lords, is ro fondly written (whether a Man regard the Stile thereof, or will respect the matter therein contain’d, which by the bare reading thereof sufficiently bewrayeth that there is not in it any few of Truth) that such an impudent Device deferveth no Answer: -as also, God be prais'd, there is not found a Man amongst us, which is any whít at all mov'd therewith. On the other side, every Man hath known, that they had no other meaning, hereby, but by such Mifts and Smokes to darken the Brightness, by which their miserable and pernicious Intent againft this Country hath been discover'd by the Letters of Cardinal Grandville and others, which you have commanded to be printed, after that you knew their Hands, their Signs, and their Seals; and withal thereby to take unto themselves an occasion and matter to caft up and spew out (according to the manner of shameless Women) landerous and wicked Speeches, full of lying. But so far off is it, that by this means they have in respect of me) obtain'd that which they pretended, that on the other side they have done me great pleasure, in publishing such Follies; because that thereby they do more and more juftify and verify my De. fence; sufficiently proving themselves to be shameless Lyars, most impudent Slanderers, and moft fond Fallifiers, which serveth more and more to juftify (as I have said) mine Innocency, and to give Approbation to all my Actions. For seeing that all Men know, that this should be the beft News that they could receive or hear of, that I would forsake the Country, and leave it to them ; I offer'd them (my Lords) and you under my Honour do promise them to accomplish it, if they be able to prove in your Presence, that I have at any time written, or commanded to be written, or sent such a Letter, that presently I will depart the Country, and withdraw my self from it, without ever fetting my self againft them: And I promise them, even upon a timple or bare Requeft, to send them such Passports and Safe-conducts, and they also pen'd in such order, as either they can or will de mand. But yet this fhall be with this Condition, that if they will not accept this so reasonable an Offer, all they who have been the Authors of such a Writing, or who have publish'd it, or who have sent it into the Towns amongst us, or to foreign Princes and strange Countrys, shall be held for Lyars, Slanderers, and wicked Speakers, as indeed such they are.