A Hungarian court chancery was now established at Vienna, while the government of Hungary proper was committed to a royal stadholdership at Pressburg.
Both the chancery and the stadholdership were independent of the diet and responsible to the king alone, being, in fact, his executive instruments.
In 1672 the stadholdership in five provinces had been made hereditary in the family of the prince of Orange, but William died childless, and the republican burgher party was strong enough to prevent the posts being filled up. William had wished that his cousin, Count John William Friso of Nassau, stadholder of Friesland and Gron- - ingen, should succeed him, but his extreme youth and the jealousy of Holland against a " Frisian " stood in the way of his election.
Was but 21 years of age on succeeding to the stadholdership, and the states of Holland were William sufficiently powerful to carry through the negotiations H.
Of dignity and authority which had been held by his of ancestors of the house of Orange, and the stadholdership was declared to be hereditary in his family.
In 1737 there was once more a reversion to the stadholdership in the person of William IV., William whose powers were strengthened and declared heredi- /V.