A DECLARATION AND NARRATIVE Of the Proceedings of the Parliament of ENGLAND, touching the Message and Letters of Credence, sent from the Estates General of the United Provinces; and presented to the Parliament by the Lord Ambassador Cats; With his Lordships Speech delivered at the same time; And a translate of the States Message into English; presented to Mr. Speaker by the Lord Am­bassador Schaep; and read in the House: With the Par­liaments Answer, Declaration, Votes, and Order, con­cerning the same.

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A DECLARATION AND NARRATIVE Of the Proceedings of the Parliament of ENGLAND, touching the Letters of Credence, sent from the Estates General of the United Provinces; And de­livered to the Parliament by the Lord Ambassador CATS.

THe Parliament of England have­ing received advertisements from Mr. Speaker, touching his receit of a Letter from the Lords Am­bassadors Extraordinary of the States Ge­neral of the United Provinces of the Low [Page 4]Countries, with a Copy of their Letters of Credence therein inclosed, which were both on the 18 of this Month read in the House; and after some debate thereupon, it was or­dered, that they should have audience the next day: And that Sir Oliver Fleming Knight, Master of the Ceremonies, should attend them with the Vote of the Parlia­ment touching the time of giving their Lordships audience; And that the Ser­geant at Armes attending the Parliament, shall take care for providing necessaries for fitting the House for giving audience to them.

The next day, being the 19 instant, the House being informed by the Sergeant at Armes, That the Lords Ambassadors from the high and mighty Lords, the Lords, the Estates General of the United Provinces, were ready, and did attend to present them­selves to the Parliament; It was further or­dered, [Page 5]That the Sergeant, with the Mace, should attend them to the House; who coming forth, and presenting himself before them, with a salute, said;

MY LORDS,

I Have acquainted the Parliament with your present and immediate residence; and by them have received Order and com­mand, to attend you personally to the House.

And according he attended them with the Golden Mace on his shoulder, who no sooner were entred the House, but they un­covered themselves; and when they were come as far as the Bar, Mr. Speaker, and the Members uncovered their heads, and stood up; the Master of the Ceremonies, and the Serjeant attended the Lords Ambassadors, the one on the right hand, and the other on the left, untill they came to the Chaires ap­pointed [Page 6]for them, which were placed in the North side of the House upon a Turkey Carpet.

The Ambassadors names were,
  • James Catz Knight, Lord of Walpen, Keeper of the Great Seale, and Lieutenant of the Fees of the Lords, the States of Holland, and West-Friez­land.
  • Gerard Schaep Esquire, Councellor and late Alderman of the City of Amsterdam, and from the aforesaid Lords, the States of Holland and West-Frieziand, &c. And Paulus Vand Peire, counsellour of the city of Middelburgh.

The Lord Embassadors being sate (the L. Cats in the middle chair, the Lord Schaep on his right hand, and the Lord Paulus on the left) and having by the hands of the Master of the ceremonies, pre­sented unto Mr. Speaker their Letters of credence: the Lord Cats did in an eloquent Oration (in the Latine tongue) declare, That it was the ardent affe­ction and desire of the high and mighty Lords, the Estates General of the United Provinces, to continue a right understanding, and firm league of Amity and Union with the common-wealth of England; and likewise to assist each other, both in an offensive and [Page 7]defensive War, against any common Enemy what­soever; to the end, That peace and prosperity may crown the future Endeavours of both Estates, and a blessing attend them in their present Designes and consultations. The Lord Cats having ended his Speech, the Lord Emb. Schaep presented unto Mr. Speaker a paper, containing (in writing) what was spoken by the Lord Embassador Cats; to which Mr. Speaker returned this Answer,

MY LORDS,

I Shall according to the course of the Par­liament of England, make reports unto Them of what your Lordships have now delivered.

And thereupon the Ambassadours, after severall enterchanges of ceremonies, withdrew; Sir Oliver Fleming (Master of the ceremonies) and the Ser­geant of Arms, attended them to the court of Wards; And being withdrawn, the letters of credence were read in the House; wherein many passages, tending to Peace, Unity, and preservation of free traffique and commerce, were debated; but the further result thereof was referred till VVednesday the 24 instant: At which time, Mr. Speaker (according to Order) [Page 8]made a report of the whole Embassie to the House; who insisted upon certain branches, tending to peace and unity, and mutual correspondency, &c. And after some time spent in debate thereof, decla­red a great willingness for a firm league and union, so far as it may extend to the honour and happiness of the common-wealth of England; but withall, an account and satisfaction is to be given for sundry great and unparallel'd wrongs done to the English; I shall onely instance one; to wit, that of Amboyna, where divers English Merchants, and others; were most barbarously murthered by the Dutch-men (by the subtil Engine of a pretended plot) who protest­ed their innocency to the last hour and minute.

The Swedish Ambassador hath likewise had au­dience, and his letters read, which tend to a generall and lasting peace: This was well rescented, and the House declared a free condescension thereunto.

FINIS.

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