History of the United Netherlands: From the Death of William the Silent to the Synod of Dort with a Full View of the English-Dutch Struggle Agains Spain, and of the Origin and Destruction of the Spanish Armada
John Murray, 1867 - 564 pages
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Page 486 - I am no prophet, nor the son of a prophet ; yet I will venture the prediction to you, my lords the States-General, that you will bitterly rue it that you did not embrace the peace thus presented, and which you might have had. The blood which is destined to flow, now that you have scorned our plan of reconciliation, will be not on our heads but your own.
Page 441 - Spaniards, "that you wish to have more than other powers — kings or republics — who never make any such pretensions. The Indies, East and West, are our house, privately possessed by us for more than a hundred years, and no one has a right to come into it .without our permission. This is not banishment, but a custom to which all other nations submit. We give you your sovereignty before all the world, quitting all claims upon it. We know very...
Page 34 - Archduke in front, almost within cannon range, he simply observed that they had no choice between victory or death. They must either utterly overthrow the Spanish army, he said, or drink all the waters of the sea. Either drowning or butchery was their doom if they were conquered, for no quarter was to be expected from their insolent foe.
Page 56 - There was no loss worth speaking of," he says, " except that of the English, 600 of whom were killed. I should not venture to attribute," he observes, "the whole honour of the victory to the poor English troop of 1600 men, but I leave the judgment thereof to those who can decide with less suspicion of partiality. I will merely affirm that the English left nothing to do for the rest of the army but to follow the chase, and that one...
Page 300 - The charter was for thirty-six years. The company was to maintain armies and fleets, to build forts and cities, to carry on war, to make treaties of peace and of commerce. It was a small peripatetic republic of merchants and mariners, evolved out of the mother republic...
Page 325 - ... enemy's ships are far superior to ours in bulk ; but remember that their excessive size makes them difficult to handle and easier to hit, while our own vessels are entirely within control. Their decks are swarming with men, and thus there will be more certainty that our shot will take effect.