of the English (by the French slackning saile in the night), by which the enemy got the wind, being close to the shoare off of Camperdowne.
His Highness on this stretched it away untill sixe in the morning and then tacked to the Southward; on this they stood soe neer into the land that his Highness thought itnot fitt to fight them but tacked and soe brought the fleet into a very good lyne and order, the wind then at S. E., and soe prepared for the battle, in which the French had the vann, and his Highness ordered them to carry a good sayle hoping thereby to weather the Dutch againe.
On this the enemy bore downe upon his Highness's squadron with two squadrons, and Tromp feil on the blew, who layd by for them.
His Highness yet stretched it away soe that by eight of the clock in the morning the wind veering Southwardly, and a fogg with a small raine accompanying it, by this the French had stretched it soe that they got the wind of the enemy.
About 8 in the morning it cleered and monsieur d'Estrées and monsieur Martel with some few of the French bore into the Dutch, but being not seconded by the rest, the whole body of the enemy' soe pressedon his Highness, that his Highness's reare admirall was cut trom him, his Highness having then 3admirall fflaggs, two vice admirall Iflaggs and two rere admirall flaggs with their fleet attacquing him.
The French having got the wind stood soe farr from the enemy that the whole burden and brunt of the battle feil on Highness which gave the Dutch noe htle encouragment, they quickly finding his Highness soe left. Notwithstanding which his Highness to his eternallfame and by his old wonted courage, the wind veering now to S. W. and the enemy being part to windward and part to Ieeward was forced with a smal number of ships of his Highness's division and Sir John Harmon's to flight both, and gave both there bellyes full.
His Highness now finding it was most covenient for his present advantage to stand to Ieeward to the rest of the English fleet forced the enemy to give way, soe that his Highness found out the reare admirall of his owne squadron,
This being done his Highness discovering the blew squadron a great distance to Ieeward, about 11 of the clock bore away to them • de Ruyter seeing this did the same. His Highness not knowing whether that squadron was distressed, made alle the saile he could, and when his Highness came up to them, found the Royal Prince wholly disabled having lost mam mast, misson mast and foretopmast.
De Ruyter perceiving that likewise made all the saile he could being very greedy of soe good a prize as the Royal Prince, and pressed' downe vnft his whole fleet that was left (being then againe in a body) on which his Highness most briskly bore up with his owne and part of öir John Harmon's division. And soe began a new battle there, in which