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teil particulars, we shall know in time, though their art in dissembling them is always admirable; and] ") the dis-ingenuity of their former Relations hath heen such, that we cannot but look that they should ring the Bells, make Bonefires, and send Narratives te all the courts in Christendom of their great success. Now, God grant them more of this kinde, and let us thankfully prostrate ourselves before him for the great valor and conduct of our Generals, and the universal bravery and vigor, with which all the commanders, seamen, and soldiers fought in this happy occasion, for the service of their King, and honor of the English nation.

279. „GIVEN MEE by Mr. W. Belcher, a copy of what was reade in the pnlpitt at Bow, Aug. the 8th, 1666 *).

The Dutch totally routed.

14 ships taken.

26 burnt and sunck.

2 flaggships taken and out of them 1200 men, and what else they would; then sunck them. Taken in all 6000 men.

Our shipps have blockt up the Zealanders in Flushing and ride before them top and top gallant.

The Dutch fleet are gott into the Texell and wee ride before the same.

The Lord Maior ordered thanks to be given tbis forenoone throughout the city.

280. D'ESTRADES AAN LIONNE, 8 Aug. 1666 »).

Je depêche ce gentilhomme expres pour donner avis au Roy de ce qui s'est passé dans ce dernier combat. Vous verrés comme les Francois qui estoient sur le vesseau de l'admiral de Ruyter 1'ont sauvé d'un brulot que les enemis luy avoient detaché. ^Si, par malheur, Tromp ne se fust pas trop esloigné de l'admiral de Ruyter, en suivant avec trop de chaleur Schmit admiral du pavillon bleu, la flotte angloise auroit esté deffette. Mais, les trente vesseaus de son escadre n'ayant peu soutenir de Ruyter, il a eu toute la flotte angloise sur les bras, a la reserve des vingt que Schmit commandoit. II s'en est retiré glorieusement.

M. de Wit est parti pour aller faire travailler en diligence a

1) In plaats hiervan staat bij Lord Arlington: „and yet" (etc.).

2) Bodleian Library, Oxford. — Hs. Rawlinson A 195, fol. 201. — Het opschrift is in de hand van Pepys.

3) A. E., Hollande 80, f. 346. — Hit den Haag. — Vgl. d'Estrades IV, 401.

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