disgrace, as was suppos'd, lay like a load üpon his mind, and his valour, or his rage, engaged him so far among the enemys, that neither his diseretion nor his friends knew how to bring him off. (The like fatall error, and on the like occasion too, was said to have been since cbmmitted by the noble earle of Sandwich in Sole JBay).
The Henry, and the Rainbow, two other second rate ships, and divers others were that day disabled and went away out of the fight; and notwithstanding tbis losse, upon the next day, the scale of Viëtory seem'd so even for some hours together, that if the Generall had had patience to come to an anchor on Friday, as divers advis'd him. and deferr'd the battell till Saturday morning, when the sea was quiet, and an easy gale, he might in all probability have beaten the Dutch, or at least made good his ground without any other ayd or assistance.
Indeed the retreat made on Saturday afternoon, and the timeing of it, was the onely politic peece acted in this battell. And then, it was done with all the gallantry in the world; the Generall himselt bringing up the Rear, with a resolution to be one of the first, expos'd to the attack of the enemy. And all the short arms were brought upon decks, to send a thousand deaths among those that should be bold enough to board him.
The next mistake was of the Pylotts on Sunday, running upon the Galoper whereby the ship Prince, one of the best ships in the world, was lost, and the whole fleet endanger'd.
But on Monday afternoon was committed a greater, when Prince Rupert, being on board the Royall James, had the winóVof the enemy, and the Generall in good order to leeward of them, the Royall James being disabled, the Prince steerd away, and all his squadron after him. Whereas, if he had gone aboard another ship, and put up bis flag, he might have pursued the advantage he had gotten; and the enemy being in bad condition and between both the English fleets, would in all likelyhood have been utterly ruined.
This mistake was so discernable afterwards, that the Prince himself took particular care to prevent the like for the future, by inserting into the fighting instructions, that if any flag-ship should happen to be disabled, the flag-officer should repair on board the next good ship of his division and put up his flag, that the want thereof, or his bearing away, might not disorder his squadron or division.
Yet all the faults were not committed on our side, for the first day's fight, which did us so much dammage, did the Dutch very little. And I know not what could excuse de Ruyter from following us close when wee retreated, our fleet being reduced to 34 ships, and almost all disabled; and his being recruted, and at that time in better order then they had been all the day.
If he had used the opportunity which fortune put into his hands,