A LETTER FROM THE Duke of Luxembourg, TO THE FRENCH KING: Giving a Full Account of the Late Battle in Flanders.
Translated from the French Copy.

Licensed Acording to Order 1693.

THO according to my former and long experienced Methods, I have endeavoured to buoy up the drooping Spirits of the Soldiery with the glorious Idea of Victory, and so put new Life and Vigour into the Hearts of your Gallick Troops; yet notwithstanding all my Skill and Industry herein, I fear I shall find my Labour of small Effect, not to say, lost: So hard is it to impose upon any (tho of never so mean or vulgar Capacity) the belief of what their ve­ry Sences has most apparently found to the contrary: The Verity here­of I now experience; for the Army is so sensible how dearly they paid for the thing, which I am forc'd (even against my Conscience) to nick­name Victory, that they take it as an Injury to Truth, and an Affront to themselves. But that your August Majesty may have a right Prospect of the state of your Majesty's Troops in Flanders, I thought fit by the trusty Hand of Monsieur D' Artagnan to give your Majesty as full an Account, as at present I can; Which is as followeth.

Upon the 28th. by the Consent of a Council of War, on Conside­ration that many of the Enemies Troops were upon several Occasions Detached and Commanded to sundry Places for different Services, We marched our Army towards the Enemies Camp, knowing in must be much weakened by the late Detachments, and consequently the forcing [Page 2] thereof less Difficult than otherwise we could have thought it would have been. And on the the 29th. early in the Morning we came within shot of the Enemies Cannon, who were very liberal thereof; for which in a short time we made them plentiful Returns with ours; But with dif­ferent Success: For tho I us'd my utmost Endeavours to cover our Troops from their Cannon, yet were we more Annoy'd and lost far more Men than the Enemy, by reason of their more advantagious Posts. Hence we concluded it necessary to come to a closer Engagement, which was effected about Nine of the Clock in the morning, by sending down a strong Body of Foot to attack the Enemy upon their Right; who by the vigorous Charge of ours, after some Dispute, were forced to Re­tire, by which, tho with great loss of men, we possest our selves of some Hedges, which seem'd very advantagious Posts, being in the Valley of Lare; But we no sooner had possest them, but the Enemy signaliz'd their Courage and Conduct by regaining what we with vast Numbers and great Loss had obtained. In the mean time we made an Attack on their Left not far from the Village of Landin, and there had a very hot and sharpe Dispute for about Two Hours: But having no Success, and lying open to many Disadvantages, whereby we sustained vast l [...]ss of men, we were forced to draw off disorderly from that Part: And while this was in doing, we sent down many fresh Battalions, supported by several Squadrons, to make a second Attack upon the Enemies Right; but were Repulsed with great Loss several times, till at length, with continual fresh Supplies, we broke through, and made some of the E­nemies Squadrons to Retire; which notwithstanding were Rallied again, and beat us back; but our men being masters of some Hedges were Re­infoced by all the Troops of the Household, and therewith Fought with the Advantage of Flanking all that were posted at the Head of their In­trenchment, and presently broke in upon the Enemy with such Num­bers, that they were no longer able to maintain their Posts against us; being at the same time flanked by our Foot, that still remained posted in the Hedges. Here we gained a considerable Advantage of the Ene­my, for as much as their Cavalry were forced to change the Form of their Lines, and were thereby put in some Disorder: Yet for all this their Ca­valry made Head against us for some time, while the rest of their Army, beginning at the Left, made a very good Retreat. We being hotly Engaged with the Horse, lost all Opportunity of falling upon their Rear: Besides our Troops were so fatiegu'd with their former Marches, and this Days hot Service, that we were in no Condition to impede their Retreat. Thus on the 29th. of July we made our selves Masters of their advantagious Posts. The Number of the slain are many and un­certain; but by reason of the several Disadvantages we had, ours is the greater Loss. This, most dread Soveraign, is all the Account I can give at present, which I thought fit to send with all Expedition.


LONDON, Printed for Daniel Lyford in Fleet-street, 1693.

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