of this discourse, but if it do so happen tbat a ship set to sea befowre they be willing and canot carry on theire ends, then to worke iniury on the officers of the yard ffor this thrusting them out of harbour befowre they ben willinge 1), it may I am ffeareffüll be saide that the shrouds have bin neglected and the mast tumbled aboute theire eares at sea, as to my knowledge som hath strangly come downe a), as if nothing but theire own will wouild have it so, and all to have somthing to wright against the officers of the yard and to say the ship was slighted and not well repaired and ill ffited, but I thinke the reasons afformentioned in som measure is able to eonvince any concerned in this affaire.
2. There ought on the enterance of a Dutch war to be strikt order by the surveyor of the navy to each yard to his instrument that no increse of stores be allowed of greate cordage especially which is chargable because of the ships going into ingadgement, ffor so soon as any ingadgement is over in our channell the whoulle ffleet is orderd to the nest yard, and as lardge demands or lardger then befowre made to ffit them, and then whatever the boaswaines and gunners will have, it must be granted by the officers in the yard, or ellse away they run to the generalis or comanders in cheife and complaine they can have nothing as they want, and then the comander in cheife he alleidges to the duke or navy office that is bis onely hinderance, and by this meanes the officiers of the yard are perplexed, and must either give to the officers of each ship in an exorbitant manner, or bare the censure of the duke and navy office for his frugallitie, and then if any powerfull person render him amise he is thought ffaullty and so others receave his place or at least ill censured, which is the very reason so ffew complaints are made on the Kings behallfe in such distracted services, and that most men in tbis late service would confes what I now sayif they thought it wouild not be taken amise; so I leave it to those who may be concerned to search this thruth of such industruous men as they hap to discourse these poynts óf navy affaires.
My observation and reasons for the surveyor to allow littell greate cordage ffor going to ingadgements is this, the ffleete coming affter the second ingadgement where no standing rigging was and therefowre imposible to be had, then the boaswaines would splice and knot the standing rigging and be contented with what running rigging they coulld get, and so long as one rope is in stores noe quietnes if all the wit they have can procure an order ffor; any and the like with masts: the comanding officers will never suffer a peece to be put on a ship mast or yard, so long as one new mast can be had in store, or ellse
1) Mary (kantteekening bij het stuk).
2) Garnsey (kantteekening bij het stuk).