The Raad itself was to be chosen by the aldermen of the gilds.
Formerly the meeting-place of the Orange Free State Raad, it is now the seat of the provincial council.
(Raad-Pensionaris) of Holland, for two decades held in his hands all the threads of administration, and occupied the same position of undisputed authority in the councils of the land as Oldenbarneveldt had done at the beginning of the century.
The grand pensionary (Raad-Pensionaris) was at once the president and chief administrative The Grand officer of the states.
The Uitlanders once more petitioned, over 34,000 persons signing a memorial to the Raad for the extension of the franchise.