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(those ships that he hath with him being not mueh shattejed) he saith that he saw upon Satturday night that the battle was lost, and that they were all in disorder, and therefor thought it the best way to save what he could. Such as are come on shoare from their fleet speake strangely high of the English courage and conduct, that they were never able to gett the wind of them, that they fought in one intire body, and the Dutch by esquadrons; that when any of the Dutch would breake in upon them, they opened their squadrons, and lett them through, and then presently closed againe, keeping themselves alwayes in good order, and as in the shape of a balfe moon. The Estates give out that they heave newes of 101 of their men of warre to be come into severall ports, whereby they would have it that there are hut about 18 or 19 of them lost and taken. I doenotheare from others that there are above 12, 14 or 15 come to the Maes and those parts, and my letters this day from Amsterdam say that there was about 50 come into the Texell and about 15 into the Vlye, and that those gott into the Texell are miserably torne, so that by that account there cannot be lesse than 30 saile of them lost, but the certainty of those particulars I cannot averre. By my letters also this day thence there were about 60 English seamen brought up thither, which they say is all that were left alive belonging to the Charity, that they had taken in the fight, whose compleat number was (as they say) when she began to fight 170, and that she should have maintained fight for 4 houres with 3 Dutch men of warre, and have bin taken at last by one Jan de Haen commander of a ship of 60 guns called Stad en Omlanden. Moreover the man of warre that was taken comeing from Hamburgh they sent in on Saturday to the Maes with their first wounded men. Several letters from Amsterdam say further that the English fleet is before the Texell and the Vlye, and that the Dukes person should be well, whieh I trust in God Al mighty is true, for that other wise in all probability by this time we should have had some kind of notice here of the contrary. This is a mighty victory, they never received such a blow before, they confess themselves beaten, and you may read it in the countenance of every man that passeth the streets. Their East India actions are fallen to 336 %; aboundance of Dutch maimed men are brought up to Amsterdam and other parts. De Witt putts yett a bold face upon it in outward appearance as he passeth the court, and he and others are said to be gone or goeing to the Texell to putt order among their fleet and to examine how every man hath behaved himselfe and to trye to gett a fleete againe together with all speede, the time now drawing on for their East India ships to returne, and they expecting (as I hinted in my last) many rich ships, some round Scotland, from France, Portugall, Spaine and the Streights.

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