ingly, when it comes to the triall, and that their fleet is well officered, they having used all possible care in the picking and chuseing of them; and the Deputies have rum from ship to ship viewing the ships and all their stores and provisions, and every individuall man, that they might see that they were such as were fit for service, and that there were fione wanting of their compleat numbers. The 12 ships of the Province of Frise that are in their fleet carry 600 guns viz. 50 one with another, and the like proportion and higher will goe their fleet throughout. Moreover there are a considerable number of their Marine men placed in severall parts, but espetially about the Brill, to be in readiness to be shipped at an houres warning, that in case the fight should be upon this coast (as they hope it will) that they may be by them immediately recruited and strengthned with fresh men even dureing the fight if need, or to be made use of afterwards as occasion. In regard there is yett no newes of the Duke's fleet, they suppose and report that they were scattered by the late storme, and that they are putt over to the coast of England to rendez-vous againe, I need not teil you how high they are now here and how big they talke having such a fleet and joined together and out at sea. By my letters this day from Amsterdam they count their fleet to be 104 or 105 capitall ships of warre, and that they should have taken their course towards Amaland, and they say that it will be a mighty advantage to them that they shall now have some time to accustom their new men, of which there are great numbers in their fleet. There isa report there as if the man of warre and caper said to be gone toward the Elbe to looke after his Majesty's man of warre there and the merchant men bound with him for England should in his way have mett an English caper of 18 guns and fought her and taken her, but this is I hope but a report; there is also another flying report of de Ruyters being come upon the coast of Spaine, but nobody knowes from whence it eomes or how. They goe on still might and maine in preparing the other men of warre they have, and building the new. The merchants hope that just after this Battle they may have opportunity to send many ships to sea and slip with them either through the Channell or round Scotland, and that they shall be able to gett home in safety their East India fleet, and what else is expected home.
I am now informed that the instruction op the Dutch fleet is to seeke his Majestys fleet to fight them, and that accordingly newes is come hither that they have taken their course over the Doggar Sands, supposeing that the Duke's fleet was scattered by the late storme, and is yett to the Northward. Mo reover that de Witt is gone to sea with them, resolving to stay out till they come in sight of the English and then to doe as he thinkes fitt. Never man tooke more paines than he hath done abont this fleet, as looking upon his all to be at