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him to undertake the commanding them to stand againe upon the tide, assuring him that if possible wee would maintaine the shore till his returne, and when the enemy was landed, and wee obliedged to retire (through shott and danger enough those of us that gott off by water), Sir Edward, having fought his guardship and fireships towards us (though too late) mett us, designing and (till wee assured him the enemy with as neare as wee could imagine att least 1200 men was marching towards the Nesse) resolving to push himselfe and fortunes to a farther though most desperate hazard on the shore, from whieh diswading him he tooke Captain Annesly out of my boate into his, and orders mee to command the ünity and the fireships to the Musslebanke, which I having done, and hee in the meane time setting Captain Annesly on shoare to see what might be done in order to drowning the marshes and preventing the enemy from any attempt over the ferry, with directions to Captain Douglas that commanded the Scotch Compay to make that his post till farther order, wee mett againe on bord the yacht, standing too and fro upon the tide, whilest the enemy spent his shott liberally att the Nesse, and he ceased not fireing till 9 att night, about which time wee stood up the river. Being come within the Chaine Sir Edward found my Lord Midleton on bord the Mommouth, where (as I heare) itt was propounded to sinke some fireships att the Musselbanke, which place att my departure from Sir Edward he resolved next morning by breake of day to sound, and then to give his judgement whether the sinking those ships would secure the river, which hee did accordingly, and finding a doublé channell, the passages whereof all the ships wee had could not totally obstruct, concluded that worke would be fruitlesse, notwithstanding which tis saide Captain Band and a Pilott, who were that morning tohave brought the Charles above üpner Castle, were commanded from that service to doe the other. On Tuesday morning were sunke the Constant John, Unicorne, and John and Sarah, in the South Channel. About high water Sir Edward desired mee to goe down thither with him, and to give him my judgement of what had.bene done contrary to his, which I am sure was very sound in that particular, and the sinking the three above mencioned ships must be acknowledged to all the world to bee an unadvised piece of worke. Soone after I returned from thenee, I mett with the Lord Brouncker and Commissioner Pett, who carried mee downe with them againe to the Musselbanke, where Captain Anesley was. In our way they were pleased to take Captain Clarke from on bord the Monmouth. Wee had then two fireships above water and the two guard ketches; when wee came downe itt was concluded since the worke was began to proceed in itt, and if possible to prevent the enemies breaking through, upon which in hast (part of the enemy being then loose, who well knew how we were