A Sketch of the History of Holland, with Occasional Remarks

A Sketch of the History of Holland, with Occasional Remarks

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ... of the States General, in behalf of his father, the States, who until that time had observed-the strictest neutrality, with regard to the factions which troubled England, resolved to send an embassy to the British Parliament, for the purpose of pleading the cause of Charles I. Two eminent men, Adrian Pauw and J oachimi, were intrusted with that delicate commission. The former had been previously the resident envoy of the States in London, and was personally acquainted with the leaders of Parliament. The ambassadors had an interview with Cromwell, who referred them to the House of Commons. An audience was there given them, but they failed in their mission. Their noble and eloquent address was received with indifference, and even with contempt, King Charles underwent his awful doom. The treaty of Munster being now ratified, the provincial States of Holland urged a reduction of the army, which they deemed useless to keep any longer upon the footing of war. It ought to be remarked, that Holland, the most extensive and wealthy of the Seven United Provinces, had gradually acquired a kind of supremacy over the others; so that the resolutions of the States of Hol ' land for the most part became the resolutions of the States General. On the present occasion however, the leading province met with a tenacious opposition on the part of the Stadholder, as well as on that of her fellowconfederates-. Prince William's aspiring mind felt indignant at the motion of a measure, which-, if carried into execution; would so highly affect his authority and lessen his influence. For the dignity of stadholder, being merely;--' as we have observed before, ---a military dictatorship, the Stadholder, Captain-General of the army and navy, had necessarily...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236769902
  • 9781236769909