The next day September 15th was all calme and wee spent it in manning and ordering our prizes. Wednesday 16 three of our merchant shipps from the Downes came to us, and said they came close along by the Duch fleete, who now bore from us South about 15 leagues, wee then from the Texell S.E. southerly 24 leagues; wee stood all night S.E. makeing an E.S.E. way some 3 leagues a watch. The next twoe dayes was calme (our lattitude 54* 00") the latter of which Fryday 18 the Texell bore S.S.E. I called the couucell of warr aboard who upon good deliberation resolved the fleete should not chase further to the Eastward then untill wee bring the Texell S.S.E. of us, nor neerer the shoare then 12 leagues. And that if in 14 daies time wee doe not encounter the enemy or bee ledd by other intelligence then at present, that then wee loose no oppertunity of seeking the English coast about Sould Bay. For in 14 daies time wee judged wee must meete with some of the scattered parcells of theire fleete, or they being none of them 20 leagues from home, will by that time bee gon into port; our liquor well neere quite expended, our stay in the sea unnecessary at this time of the yeare may bee of very ill consequence to the great shipps and prizes.
Saturday 19th by breake of the day (wind S.W. by W.) the Texell from us S.S.E. wee saw about 15 sayle of Hollanders ahead the Reerward, which wee chased and betweene 9 and 10 a clock tooke most of them, viz. 4 men of warr, one of 70 guns, the other 3 of 40 and upwards, in them 931 prisoners; twoe West India men, and 7 or 8 other fly boates with provisions for the fleete. I called the councell of warr on board by whose advice wee distributed our prisoners, manned our new prizes and resolved to stand off againe to the Westward. It cost 3 or 4 houres time to execute this; not long after the fleete was about, wee discovered in our weather bow about 30 sayle off shipps, halfe merchants and halfe] men of warr, standing for the Texell, to encounter whome wee kept as fast by the winde as was possible, but were not able to weather them, they being about 41/2 of the clock. some 2 leagues directly to windward of us, the weather instantly falling soe thick that wee could not see them, and blowing; about which time reare admirall Harman, Sir William Berkeley, Sir Joseph Jordan, tackt and stood with them, butldidnot thinke fitt to tack with the fleete, but called off those that chased, by looseing my maine topsaile, and a gun which Sir William Pen instantly answered, and the friggats not heareing, or not readily answering my first gun, I fired another and stood in all night to the Westward, which proceeding haveing beene reproached, it is necessary to give a more perticuler account of the reasons thereof, and since it hath beene imputed soe hard as to make mee criminall in many mens mouthes, first it must bee answered, that I was obliged thereunto by the vote