the disorder she was in; by this wee had leizure to mend our tackle that was much torne, which having been done with all possible diligence, wee made to the vice admiral with intention to board him; bnt not willing to expect us, he chose rather to beare up, and passed through the whole division of Monsieur d'Estrée. This is the successe of our ship as to her particular; for as to the captaines of our division (by some secrett orders they will persuade us to have received from Monsieur d'Estrée) they would follow none of our notions, but left us exposed to the fireing of five ships for three hours together, besides a fireship which they had ready for us, had wee been soe unhappy as to have been disabled.
To returne againe to the story; the enemies vice admiral passed happily through the division of Monsieur d'Estrée with three of his ships, who received noe other hurt from those of Monsieur d'Estrée, then one broadeside, to which having returned another of his with much resolution, hee retired to the body of his ships with the others wee had fought with, and tooke another course to avoid us. This being all finished in our station by eleven of the clocke in the morning, the whole squadron united againe, and with a faire wind made towards the place where wee left his Highness Prince Rupert, who was about three leagues from us, engaged in fight with a considerable body of the enemies; his Highness Prince Rupert seeing us come with that faire wind gave us the signall to beare into his wake. Monsieur de Martel layd his sailes to the mast, expecting that Monsieur d'Estrée would advance with his whole squadron, and fall all together with this faire wind upon the body of the enemy, and send his fireships amongst them, but insteade of that he kept the wind, and contented himselfe to give his ships leave to shoot at more then cannon and halfe distance from the enemy. Monsieur de Martel saw very well how shamefull this was, but having received an expresse order to attempt nothing without the particular orders of Monsieur d'Estrée, andjiesides having been soe ill attended that morning by the ships of his division, that hee could have noe assurance they would follow him, he shrugged up his shoulders, and only forbid any shooting from his shipp, and this hath been all was acted that day in relation to us.
In the English quarter the fight mnst needs have been very great, having susteyned all the enemyes forces, except the eight cominanded ships, and this they did with an incomparable resolution; his Highness Prince Rupert received there the least damage, though he had de Ruyter and the admirall of Zealand upon him; but Sir Edward Spragg and Tromp engaging personally one another side by side, theire damage on both parts was greater, and their ships lost all their masts. Sir Edward Spragge having gotten in his pinnace to gaine another ship, was drowned in the way. There was noe ship of ours lost in this