[dateline] The Hage 5. October 17821
On the third day of this Month, about ten O Clock a Solemn Deputation, in three Coaches
preceeded by twelve Messengers of State, went in Procession to the House in the Wood2
to enter into Conference, with the Statholder concerning the past Administration
of the Marine, in Consequence of a Resolution of the States of Holland and West Friesland
upon the Proposition of the City of Leyden.3
Military Honours were paid by the Guards were paid to the Deputation from the Sovereign
as it passed. It consisted of Mr Cornelis De Gyzelaer, Gysbert Van Staveren and Carel
Wouter Vischer, Pensionaries of Dort, Leyden and Amsterdam; Jacob Van Zuylen Van Nyevelt
and Meynard Merens Secretaries of Rotterdam and Hoorn, and Pieter Van Bleiswyk, Grand
Pensionary of Holland.
They communicated their Message in Writing and received a written Answer, which is
This is an important Political Maneuvre, and will do much towards restoring the States
to their Constitutional Dignity and Authority. But whether it will Stimulate the Admiral
General to greater Exertions, time will alone discover. The States Seem to be rolling
the Stone of Sisyphus.