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leewardmost part of them; here one of theire rere admiralls was burnt by the Young Prince a fireship of ours; and a vice admirall of theirs was boarded by the Spread Eagle fireship, but put off again. At this time the Earle of Ossory, Lord Cavendish and Sir Thomas Clifford as volnnteerB came on board the Royall Charles in a Shallop; at 2 wee tack'd to the Westward and weathered most of them and drew our fleet together, the Spread Eagle then sunk, and many of our ships being much disabled in their masts, sayles and rigging, they stood for England without acquainting the Generall, who seeing that thought good likewise to hold our wind and make the best of our way home, having no more then 28 sayle "of fighting ships left, which wee did, they pursuing of us with 66 sayle with a fine gayle at W.S.W. and S.W. Here wee burnt the St. Paule, taking out her men, fearing shee should not keepe company with us, having many foote of water in holde. At 7 at night they got our wake and by 9 came up with most of us, the wind favouring them 2 or 3 points, soe that they came upon us with a flowne sheet. At night it proved calme [; wee burned the St. Paul for fear shee could not keep company]. By 3 or 4 in the morning a small breese of wind sprung up at N.E., and at a Councell of flagg officers his Grace the Lord Generall resolved to draw our fleet into a rere line of battle and make a faire retreat of it. Here his Grace's accustomed and excellent conduct as well as his invincible courage was eminently seen, for by placeing his weak and disabled ships before in a line and 16 of his greatest and best in a ranke in the reare as a bullwarke for them, keeping his own ships neare the enemy, such of the Dutch fleet that were the best saylors of them came first in parties, but finding it too hot service to attacque him stayd for the rest of their fleet; they came not within shott of us till 2 of the clocke, when presently wee from topmasthead discovered a fleet being upon a West by North course. Wee altered ours to West by South and West S.W., to edge with them, supposing them to bee the Prince's fleet as indeed it was. At 5 wee feil foule of the Galloper where the Royall Prince was grounded and the leeward tide sett us so far from her that wee could not lye by to relieve her. On the other side the Dutch feil soe fast upon her, and with their fireships threatned the boarding of her, that shee was forced to strike their flagg for quarter and so yielded, and when the Dutch had taken out the men they set her on fire perceiving that otherwise wee would have retaken her, for after wee had joined the Prince's fleet wee made up toward them, and they clapt upon a wind, wee following them. The Generall came to the Prince on board the Royall James and gave his Highnesse an account of wbat had happened in the 3 days action before, and there it was resolved by His H88e and his Grace at a counsel of the ftagge officers [there being present Sr. Thomas Allen, Sr. Christopher

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