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the more to move this State to comply with him in relation to his disputes with. them. Some of the provinces press the making of new levies. There hath bin a report as if Bancker should have bin seen againe upon the coast, and as it is given out upon the account of having seen a number of English ships at sea, but I heare nothing of eertainty for this report. His deseigne is conceived to be no other than the meeting of such ships as they now expect, which are many and very eonsiderable, viz. from the Streights, Cadix, Lisbone etc. and their East India fleet, and de Ruyter's fleet, and if all these gett home safe, they will be infinitely high, haveing so great an addition of strength and riches, nor will they then have any need to hazzard another Battle this summer, though they prepare for it with all possible diligence. Soldiers and seamen are lately sent from Rotterdam and those parts, and yesterday about 130 seamen were sent from Amsterdam to the Texell, and they spare no money to gett them, and for the 3 great ships lately built at Amsterdam will be sent over the Pampus with the first opportunity of water, one of which hath 18 port holes in one side in her lower teere, the other 14, and the least 13, and the Bridge of the Doek at Rotterdam, in which the great ship was . built there, is broken downe for the letting her into the Maes for that it was not broad enough, and the keele is already laid in the same place where she was built for another of the same bigness, so that your Lordshipp may see they make it their business to strengthen themselves with numbers of very great ships proportionably; they will exceed him therein in a little time, and they make all brass guns for all these new ships and such others as are building, and if they can gett de Ruyter safe home, beside the addition of shipping and men that he brings with him, his person will be of great importance to them, he being in great reputation with them. The streetes all over the country are now full of pack't faces and heads, their wounded being distributed to all parts, and such of them as can, goeing up and downe; and there are also great numbers come on shoare into all parts both of their seamen and marine soldiers, the deputies in the Texell having not bin able to keep them longer on board, they grew so disorderly, and the officers to whom the marine men doe belong are to send them on board upon summons, or others in their places, and the seamen have but 8 dayes liberty given them, but its well if they gett them on board agine in 18. I have this day a letter from Amsterdam from one that hath spoken with many of -them that are come thither, and they give a great praise both of the conduct and valour of the English. John Everson hath also said that the English seamen did incomparably well, and that he believed them to be the best in the world, but for the musquetiers that were on board the English fleet that he hath