towards ns and wee towards them, then the van of our fleet shall keep the wind, and when wee are come to a convenient distance of the enemy's rear shall stay until our whole line is come up within the same distance of the enemies van 1), and then our whole line is to stand along with them the same tack's aboard still keeping the enemy to leeward and not suffering them to tack in their van. And in case the enemy tack in the rear first, then he that leads the van of our fleet is to tack first, and the whole line is to fbllow, standing all along with the same tacks aboard as the enemy does.
In case the enemy hath the wind óf us 2) and wee have searoome, then we are to keep the wind as close ae wee can lye untill such time as wee see an opportunity by gaining their wakes to divide their fleet, and if the van of our fleet find that they have the wake of any part of them, they are to tack and to stand in aud strive to divide the enemies body; and that squadron that shall passé first being come to the other side is to tack againe, and the middle squadron is to bear up upon that part of tbe enemy soe divided, which the last is to second either by bearing downe to the enemy or by endeavouring to keep off those that are to windward as shall be best for the service.
The severall commanders of the fleet are to take speciall care that they keep their line, and upon pain of death that they fire not over any of our owne shipps.
266. SILAS TAYLOR AAN WILLIAMSON, 5 Aug. 1666 8).
About an hower and a halfe since Sir William Penn now in the Rowling Grounds sent an expresse, but by all that I could collect there could be nothing of moment in itt, since which Captain Talbott of the Elizabeth (she being maimed ia the fight) came ashoare here, who gives us this accompt, that on St. James his day being the 4th tbe fight began, about eleven of the clocke in the forenoone, led in by the White, who plyed theire business soe well that they made the van of the Dutch beare away, the wind being Northerly and very little, the Red following in the same line made that part of the Dutch fleete against them, beare away, likewise the Blew which was the weakest squadron, and brought up the reere, had theire lott to fall in with the Flushing squadron, which was the strongest of the enemy, who kept them to leeward, yett could not make them beare away, because beiug in the reere some of them being long before they could fall into the line, being heavy saylors, and soe much
1) De eerste twee dagen van den 4-daagscben zeeslag.
2) Vierde dag van den 4-daagschen zeeslag.
3) R. O., S, P. Dom., vol. CLXIV, n«. 141. — Uit Harwich. — Schrijver is magazijnmeester der marine aldaar.