Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

9.6.1651 (Monday 9 June 1651)

document 70005760

9. The state of England although worn with civil wars, and scarcity and ill trading for many years, being but in bad terms with Holland, and not altogether sure of Spain, proclaimed open war with Portugal, and is in open war with France, our fleets being in the midland sea: we are the same time are endeavouring to conquer Scotland, and Ireland, attempt Silly with a fleet, and yet send a fleet also to reduce the islands of Barbados in America: and yet the nation is much discontent and divided, yet feared to name not the attempts of any foreigner against them