After his departure the advocate of Holland, oldenbarneveldt, became the indispensable statesman of the struggling republic.
It was muttered that he ought to be taken to The Hague to be tried, even as oldenbarneveldt.
oldenbarneveldt himself headed the French mission, but he failed to turn Henry from his purpose.
On the plea of ill-health oldenbarneveldt now left the Hague, and took up his residence at Utrecht.
oldenbarneveldt went from Paris to England and was more successful.
The chief instigator of these attacks was oldenbarneveldt's personal enemy, Francis van Aerssens, whose pen was never idle.
This step was countered by decisive action on the part of oldenbarneveldt.
The Estates of Holland impelled by oldenbarneveldt now took a very strong step, a step which could not be retrieved.
The claims of Holland were overthrown and the head of oldenbarneveldt fell upon the scaffold .
That oldenbarneveldt had in the last two years of his life acted indiscreetly and arrogantly there can be no question.