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bad courage to bave prosecuted bis designe that tide, had undeniably destroyed all the ships the Kinge is master of in the river, butt I suppose his acquisition of such a victory and soe great a prize glutted and overjoyed him, for he spent the remainder of the day in much mirtb, firing guns, and sounding trumpets all that afternoone; some few* of his people stragling ashore wee killd, butt unworthily suffered a parcell of 50 or 60 to plunder att Gillingham, when wee had att least 6000 men horse and foot here. Prodigious was the distractiou wee were in, and indeed every man in reason could promise himselfe noe lesse then the kingdoms ruine by the destruction of all our great ships, butt blessed bee that God whose providence preserved some. When I came to the doek, I found Mylord and Sir John Mennes with the Commissioner, who supposing the enemy whould have pursued his victory, gave command all the ships should be cutt loose, which I could see noebody very forward to obey, till att length, forcing two raw fellowes who came up in a small boate from the Charles (three that belonged to them running away soe soone as they see me enter her) to goe off with us,. Captain Pyne and myselfe went one way, whilst Captain Annesly and Mr. Boultwell went another to performe the worke, which hath proved of very unhappy consequence, since the enemy with his men of warr dared not adventure above TJpner Castle. That afternoone and the night following wee were employed in raising a little worke att the head of the doek: monnting gunns there, and getting downe the traine of artillery that came from the tower into a field, whence wee might anoy the enemy, who next day about two houres and a halfe before high water, drove up the river with four men of warr and five fvieships which were spent in burning the Royall James, Loyall London, and Royall Oake, whüest from the Castle, the field and yard wee plied upon theire men of warr, whose aime was cheafly att the Castle, to which they did very little damadge, but received soe much, that in theire retreate, they left one of theire ships behind them, which they in the night blew upp. The destruction of these three stately and glorious ships of ours was the most dismall spectacle my eyes ever beheld, and itt certainly made the heart of every true Englishman bleede, to see such three argos's lost: whom six boats might have saved; I know wee had six times the number, and I well hoped they had bene committed to the care of such men, as would faithfully have done service in them, butt I was an unhappy eyewitnesse of the contrary. This unpleasing part of my relation is a theame too large for mee to expectorate on, I leave it till I have an oportunity to discourse itt with you. I know all the officers of this yard have bene severely censured, and much evill hath bene spoke of them in this matter, butt I am confident, most of them, if not all, are altogether innocente in that particular;

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