Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

1678 (1678)

document 70021075

May. 72 The French invaded Holland. blocked up Maestricht. took the towns on the Rhine. so fell down to Utrech. Holland drowned itself and stopped them, the Holl. towns declare the P. of Orange stateholder the 28. May. the fleets of E. and H. fought at sea. July. 4. the P. of Orange had his Comiss. as stateholder and took his oath. the Spaniards gut garrisons into several towns of the Holl. that are in Brabant and Flanders: these tumults laid the states low: The French press not on Holland as formerly. our fleet do