Mings and Sr. Edward Spragge] to fall upon the ennemy the next morning, and that his HS8e with his fresh squadron should lead the van.
Monday June the 14tn at day breake wee found the Duteh fleet was gott out of sight, but wee standing a course after them with a wind at 8.S.W. quickly made them about 5 leagues distant from us upon the weather bow, and by 8 clock wee came up with them, and they having the weather gage put themselves in a line to the windward of us. Our shipps then which were ahead of S.r Chr. Mings [ to wit S.' Edw. Spragge, the Revenge and some other of his division] made an easy [a gentle] sayle, and when they came within a convenient distance lay by, and the Dutch fleet having put themselves in order wee did the like. S.r C. Mings, vice admirall of the Prince's fleet with his division led the van, next his Hsse with his owne division followed, and then S.r Edw. Spragge his rere admirall, and so stayed for the rest of the fleet which came up in very good order.
By such time as our whole [the] fleet was come up wee hoistd close upon a wind having our starboard tacks aboard, the wind S. W., and the enemy bearing up presently to fall into the middle of our line with part of their fleet, at which as soon as S.r Chr. Mings had their wake hee tacked and stood in, and then the whole line tacked in the wake of him and stood in, but S.r Ch. Mings in fighting being put to leeward, the Prince thought fit to keep the wind and soe led the whole line through the middle of the enemy, the Generall with the rest of the fleet following in good order.
And here wee cannot omit making reflection upon the Prince who in this passé was environu'd with as many dangers as the enemy could apply unto him: they raked him fore and aft, plyed him on both sides [upon the starboard and larboard bows and quarters], and to all that, were just clapping 2 fire shipps upon him; but two of our fire ships that attended the Prince, got betwixt that danger and us, and bravely burnt the bold assaylants, and tho his HB8e receivedvery considerable prejudice in that difficult passage in his masts and rigging, yet hee answered the shot they poured on him with as many close returns, which the enemy feit and carried away with them; and in that whole day to say noe more tlie Prince did manifest a courage and conduct answerdble to the other great actions which belonge to the gfory of his life, wliereby he gave spirit to his friends and terror to the enemy. After this passé the Prince being so forward came on the other side and standing out soe as hee could weather the end of their fleet, part of the enemy bearing up and the rest taeking, he tacked also, and his Grace [the Generall] tacking at the same time bore up to the ships to the leeward, the Prince following him, and soe wee stood along, backward and forward, the enemy being some to leeward and some to windward of us, which course was 4 times