We returned to the Hague, and went to visit the Hoff, or Prince’s Court1, with the adjoining gardens full of ornament, close walks, statues, marbles, grots, fountains, and artificial music. There is to this palace a stately hall, not much inferior to ours of Westminster, hung round with colors and other trophies2 taken from the Spaniards; and the sides below are furnished with shops.


  1. appears to be referring to the Stadtholder’s Quarters, part of the Binnenhof – GS 

  2. As Westminster Hall used to be down to the beginning of the reign of George III. [The banners taken at Naseby and Worcester, at Preston and Dunbar and Blenheim, were all to be hung in it in the years to come.] –AD