within 9 or 10 dayes are sure to have fifteene ships ready to sett sayle, and espeeialy by taking out men of those ships that cannot returne againe to sea, and doubting not but som of their ships will bee in a condition within a few dayes to goe out againe, and som ships they have already sent for to Denmarck, they will be shortly able to appeare considerable againe at sea and ioyne with the French fleet in spite of the English.
All the world admires that you have attack'd de Dutch fleet with so few ships, for the States themselves doe acknowledge that you were much inferior to them in number (their fleet is you have been often times informed consisiting of 86 very goods ships and 12 fireships, and better man'd than would believe); that you have dispia'd them too much, and thought 40 of yours were able to beat 80 of theirs; that this was to presume too much; iu fine all the world concludes that never men fought with so great courage, resolution and constancee as the English have donne; that if Prince Robert were ioyn'd at first they conclude the Dutch would have been defeated; that de Ruyter used so great conduct, that his whole feet could discharge against the English, haveing circumven'd them.
The people here are grown already so insolent at this advantage they have had, that they are insupportable; that England cannot so soon repayre such a loss as the States can doe, haveing notshipping nor materials. That the Kings council can not goe trongh so great difficülties as Monsr. de Witt has done; that the disaffect will now give the King work at home.
I hope all the Kings subiects will consider how much the Nations honour and safety is concern'd, and that none will make difficulty to parte for a litle while with halfe his revenues to assist His Majesty at this coniuncture; they may take exemple by the province of Holland.
The comte de Gniche and his brother in law the Prince of Monaco haveing embark'd themselves upon a mail freguat to earry them to de Ruyters ship, was burn'd before they could come at him, but the Prince and the comte saved themselves happily *). Duke de Gram'ont gentleman of the horse who accompanied the Prince of Monaco was burn'd with several other gentlemen. I pray send me your relation of this fight; this is all I can informé upon of at present, being not able as yett to give you an accompt of any other business.
232. ALBEMARLE AAN COVENTRY, 16 Juni 1666 2). I received two letters from you dated the 10 June last and perceive
1) „Happily" is door den ontvanger doorgehaald.
2) Bodleian Library, Oxford. — Rawlinson A i^i, fol. 209.