repeated, the enemy always keeping the greatest part of their fleet to the windward, but still at so much distance as to bee able to reach our sayles and rigging with their shot and to keep themselves out of the reach of our gnns, the only [which was an] advantage they thought'fit to take upon us [found out] at that time.
But the 4tn time wee plying them very sharply with our leeward guns in passing, their windward ships bore up to' the leeward to relieve their leeward party, upon which his Hsse tacked the 5th time and with 8 or 10 frigatts got to the windward of the enemy's whole fleet, and thinking to bear in upon them, his maynstay and mayn topmast being terribly shaken came all by the board.
His Grace [The Generall] then with that part of the fleet which was to leeward with him got his larrboard tacks aboard, keeping close upon a wind, to make up towards the Prince, and hee bearing down likewise towards him, seeing the enemy made what sayle they could, as if they meant to come betwixt us, but they having made that counterfit, their admirall ou a sudden fired a gun to call in the stragling remains of his tattered fleet (who were at this time reduced from 84 to under the number of 40 sayle) and bore away before the wind towards Plushing, [they being thus secured from afurther pursuit and wee disappointed of a totall Victory over them by these unhappy shots disabling his Highnesses and his Graces ships wherein they were in person, to which ill accidents adding likewise that of his Majesties ship the Prince striking upon the sands called the Galloper, the losse of the Swiftsure, the -Essex entangling itself with the Buil when shee bore up bravely to her rescue and the losse of three or four small ships more two of which wee sunk ourselves, whereof in all wee want but 10; thus wee found ourselves likewise obliged to give off the fight and make to our owne ports, having lost in the whole four dayes engagement 10 shipps only greate and small, expecting to hear the enemy (notwithstanding their braggs) have lost at least doublé that number. One as wee are assured by letters went soe shattered and torne iuto their first ports they could make, that they concluded themselves beaten, till from the Hague they were confidently told the contrary]. If now those unhappy shotts (formerly mentioned) had not disabled in this last tack his Highnesse's and his Grace's ships, wherein they were in person, from the pursuite of them, and obliged us to returne to our ports, though (as it is playne) masters of the sea in this engagement we had in all humane probability had a totall victory over the enemy, with the losse on our side only of His Majesty's ship the Prince, unhappily striking upon the Sands called the Galloper, that of the Swiftsure separating from our fleete in the beginning of the fight, and the Essex intangling herselfe with the Butt when shee bore up bravely to her rescue, and 5 or 6 small ships more two of which we sunk ourselves (as was likewise said before) which makes 10 in