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Amsterdam that now they offer 30 gilders per month to seamen, and 30 gilders advance; cost what it will, they will have their fleet out. The Duke continuing upon the coast, it will be diffieult for the ships which came into the Maes with Everson, and the great ship lately launched at Rotterdam, to joine with those in the Texell. Upon Wednesday the Estates of Holland sent me a resolution of their haveing given orders to their guards and other soldiere to take care that no injnry or affront should be offered me by any of the people. The Spanish Ambassador has by his Secretary demanded an account from the Estates of the Battle as who desired to write nothing but the truth to his master, whereupon they have ordred that a true narrative shall be drawne up to be communicated; that for the present what they know is that severall of their captaines had not behayed themselves over well, bnt yett that they had taken an English ship, and did not know that the English had taken any from them. The great trouble here is about finding sheifts for their fleet and about de Ruyter's returne, who they feare may be in want of victnalls and other necessaries unless he hath mett with prizes to furnish him. Overkerke 1), Beverwards youngest son, and some other young gallants demand that the Estates will make them captaines, and that they will goe to sea. It is reported as if the count de Ghish *), marshall de Grammon's son, should also offer to comand a ship. Van Goch writes that its said at Whitehall that they know where de Ruyter is. The Deputies of the Estates Generall doe write that our fleet was very neer the Texell upon Tuesday last, when the 8 men of warre and the yaucht that went out the Thursday before came close along the shoare to gett in, and that though the water being out they were inforc'd to run aground, yet that none of our fleet made after them, and so they all gott safe in the afternoone.

There is a gentleman just now come to towne who was yesterday on board the Dutch fleet at the Texell, he saith that the deputyes there say positively that they have lost but 14 ships, that on Sunday when they came before the Texell they were fayne to ride without about 4 howres for the tyde, so that had our fleet come on they had destroyed them all; that there is yett a great consterhation among their men; that they have not seen our fleet since Tuesday so that they think they are gone home. That all the seamen there say that none did better than John Everson; that 4 captains are to be hanged.

1) Nassau-Ouwerkerk.

2) De Guiche. — Vgl. Japikse, Brieven van Johan de Witt III, 68.