From our Dutch correspondent

by Nick

Tactics for gathering foreign news in 1650: from the Council of State’s correspondent in Breda, trying to find out about Charles Stuart’s negotiations with Scottish commissioners.

The very favorites differ in their reports, whether to abuse us that are of the Tribe of Club-Intelligencers, or because they know not, I cannot determine; but the business is among a few, and a Supper or Pottle of Rhenish can do little now as to picking of locks, though both our purses and Bellies are empty enough.

From A briefe relation of some affaires and transactions, civill and military, both forraigne and domestique, 39, 14th-21st May 1650, p. 570.