deale, saying he had noe other, which proved verry prejudiciall in the use of them, for they were soe weake that at every shott the wheels sunck through the boards, which put us to a continuall trouble to gett them out.
About noone before our batteries were quite raysed the enemy came on to tbe place where our first shipps were sunck: I went on board the Monmouth with 50 volentiers, and appointed soldiers in other shipps to make the best defence they could if they had proceeded, but they were soe incumbred before they could gett cleere theire way through the sunck ships and find another passage that their tyde was spent, and therefore they made noe further advance that day, whereby wee had time to consider what to doe against the next attempt. There were 2 ships ordered to lye within the chaine to be ready to sinke when occasion should be, and wanting one greate ship more to sinke in the midst betweene those 2 shipps, I that night ordered the Sancta Maria a greate Dutch prize to be sunke in the deepest place betweene the 2 foresaid shipps, and I judged it soe necessary to be done that I charged commissioner Pett and the master of atténdance on perill of theire lives to doe it by morning, they having time enough before tbe tyde served to provide things to carry her downe. Comissioner Pett who had received orders from his Royall Highnesse' on the 6 of April to remove the Royall Charles above the doek bad for above 9 or 10 weeks neglected it, and when I was getting all the boats I could, for I wanted many, for carrying materialls for the batteries and amunition and soldiers for the defence of all our places, he came aud told me he wóuld carry her up that tyde if he might have boats, which I could not spare, for if they were, all our batteries must have beene neglected and I could not transport timber, powder, shott and men to them to resist the enemy the next day, and besydes it was thought adviseable at that instant if the Dutch should land in the marsh by the crane, she might have beene usefull and have hindered them, having gunns on board. Neverthelesse upon notice shortly after that there was neither spunge, ladle, powder nor shott enough, I sent Captaine Mills, Commander of the Malhias, about 10 in the morning with orders to commissioner Pett to carry her up as he would tbe next tyde, who pretended he could not doe it because there was but one pylot would undertake it, and he was imployed about sinking ships, and she was not removed. I myselfe spaketohim in the evening in' the presence of Collonel Mackworth and Collonel Mansfield1) to fetch her off that tyde, but notwithstanding these orders the ship was not removed but lay there till the enemy tooke her 2).
1) Queens: „in the presence of Colonel Vaughan and Captain Mansfield"
2) Het ms. van Queens gaat slechts tot hier.