A GREAT VICTORY obtained by the ENGLISH Against the DUTCH, And the pursuing of the Dutch Fleets, by General Blake and Sir George Ayscue, with one hun­dred and eight Men of War, towards the Downs, and their Resolution to engage them between Dover and Calice.

The manner how Sir George Ascue (with great policy) obtained the wind: The num­ber sunk and taken; And two gallant ships sur­prized by Captain Stoaks, laden with Gold, and Elephants Teeth.

Also, the number of ships coming up the River of Thames for London; richly laden from the East-Indies, the Straights, Virginia, and the Barbadoes.

Die Septembr. 27. 1652.

Extracted out of the Original Papers, sent from Capt. Stoakes, to the Honorable Councel of State, on Sunday last, Sep. 26.

Imprinted at London for Geo: Horton, 1652.

A great Victory obtained by the English against the Dutch; the particulars there­of; and the number of ships taken, with 700 pieces of Ordnance, all their Arms, Ammunition, Bag and Baggage, and great store of Gold and Oar.


UPon the advance of Gen. Blake and Sir George Ayscue with a fleet consisting of 108 gallant sail, towards the Downes, they cleered the whole Western Channel before them by sail­ing, as by order within shot of each other, by which meanes we cleered all from the Coast of France to the Coast of England, almost as if a bridge had been made over the Channel; and thought to have fought the Dutch fleet at the same time; but they gave us the go-by, much like that of the Scots King, when he made an inroad into England; and are now sailed towards the Downs: where­opon information being given thereof by the Assurance Scout, who had forced her passage even through the thick [Page 4]est of Action from five Dutch-men of War, the Generall hoysed sayl after them; but the wind blowing stiff upon the North point, could not reach so much as the Enemies Rear-guard; but on the 25 instant, we had intelligence of their stancing over to the Coast of France; whereupon the General and Sir Geo: Ayscue bare up towards the Downs with a most potent and invincible Armado, consisting of 1 [...]0 stout Men of War, where of twelve were Merchants ships, that is, the five from the East-Indies, two from the Straights, two from Lisbone in Spain, two from Virginia, and one from Barbadoes, all which are sent up the River for London.

But not long had his Excellency anchor'd upon those Neptune streames, but he received Advertisements from the Diamond, and other Frigats that had been scouting forth, that a great Fleet of Hollanders, consisting of at least two hundred sayl was riding between Dover and Calice; whereupon Major Bourn was commanded forth with the great Andrew, the nimble Saphir, the famous Garland, and 27 other stout Men of War, as a Forlorn to the Navy, to engage the Enemy, if possible.

After him sailed Sir George Ayscue with 35 sail, as a Reserve; And within shot of the said Squadron the Ge­neral bare up with the great ship, called the Common-Wealth, and the rest of the fleet, flanking Sir George; the Dutch perceiving their resolute motion, endeavoured to get Calice-point, but Sir George, to prevent them, bare up to the Lee-ward, by which meanes he got the wind of the Dutch fleet, and hath now engaged them; The Zealand ships lye at the head of their fleet, and seem to be very re­solute for action; Vice-Admiral Evarson hath atrempted to fire some of our ships, but was prevented, for Major Bourn commanding the Guard that night, received Adver­tisements [Page 5]from one of his Scouts, of the neer approach of some of the enemies ships, prepared to receive them, which he so effectually performed, That two of his fire­ships were soon way laid, and the rest dissipated: Inso­much that Dewitte and Ruttyer endeavors to deoline en­gagement; but 'tis a thing impossible; for we now have them pretty fast upon the hug, and question not (by di­vine assistance) but to give them a sudden turn; by reason they are much divided, having diversity of opinions, and man'd with English, Flemins, Soots, Walloons, Switzers, and Germans: This great blow is suddenly expected, yet something further I should have insisted on; but I am forced to draw to a period, by reason the Packet boat is fallin off, and our ships ready to ingage.

Aboard the Ruby, Septemb. 25. 2652.

As touching our further victorious success against the Hollander, it is confirmed by Letters from Captain Stoaks (Commander of the Dragon) to the Councel of State, and having discovered two sail upon the coast of France, made up to them, and found them to have Swedish colours, but coming aboard them, he discovered them to be Guinny ships laden with Gold, Oar, and Elephants Teeth, and se­veral Letters directed to Amsterdam, and other places in Holland, which with other circumstances gave cause to believe, that the lading of the said Vessels belonged to the Dutch, whereupon the Captain brought the said ships in­to Plymouth, where they now remain: The Officers of these prize ships say, that the Gold, Oar, and Elephants Teeth, and other lading therein, are worth about fourscore thousand pounds: The said Captain likewise took a Pick­roon of 24 Guns, and 24 men, which he likewise brought into Harbor.

By an Express from Dover, thus: The Dutch fleet under Dewitte came in sight of this Town at the back of Goodwin on the 10. instant; and on the 11, 12, and 13, ply­ed to the Westward; the 14 they lay between Calais and Bulloin. The 15 they came on this side with 6 Frigats, and gave chace to a Sandwich Pink, but she got safe into the Downs. The 16 Dewitte with about 30 sail came to this side again, having gotten sight of 8 sail coming to the Westward, bore up to them, and between Foulstone and this town, put the Swan Frigat on shore, and 3 Morlaix men laden with linnen cloth, and 2 or 3 small men of this Town most of them ashore. The Mary fly-boat, & Brier-Frigat got past them to this Town, but exchanged several shot with them: Thus it pleased God to preserve them all. Dewitte himself came very neer the shore, and let several broad sides fly at our ships that were stranded, and Sand­gate Castle returned him several Guns. Towards night he stood over to the French coast to the rest of the fleet; and that Tide all our ships got off, but not without some dammage, only the Swan frigat got a bulge, which made her unserviceable at present. The 17, he lay at half sea over betwixt Boleign and this Town. The 18, he came to the back of the Goodwin with 60 sail, being resolved to play some feats against the English, or else never to return into his own countrey.

De-witte is joyned with Ruttyer, having seventy of the greatest ships that ever yet was set forth: Stout Evarson of Zealand is Vice-Admiral, whose Mariners are famous, and were once accounted the most stoutest enemy that e­ver sailed upon the Seas. But truly Mr. Launsman, though you usurp a priviledge upon small game, the butter-box of your trifling honour may perchance melt away in a hot day with the English: For, know, that injuries in this [Page 7]kind evermore prove like stones thrown up into the Ayr, they may towse lustily for a while, like the aspiring sound of a Trumpet, but at last they must of necessity fall down upon your ambition, to dissolve the injustice of your im­perious spirits. They are grown so high and imperious, that they begin to truss up poor English-men in severall places, as a Faulcon does wild Ducks; especially about the coast of Norfolk, where on Sunday the 12 instant, they ad­ventured into the very Harbor at Wells, and took away some Vessels. This sudden exploit caused divers Gentle­men, & others, with their families to return higher into the countrey.

By an Express from Yarmouth it is certified, That there is a fleet of 70 sail of Collyers lye ready to be convoy'd for London; and that there is another great fleet also in a rea­diness at Newcastie, with 13 sail of Island Vessels of Capt. Worms fleet, but from him and the rest we yet hear no news. We hear that col. Aires, and Doctor Chamberlain, being bound for Ireland, that through distress of weather, the Vessel was in great danger by a storm, and 'tis much feared the passengers are cast away.

The Hollander hath agreed to send a Navy to the East-India, with Commission, to destroy and depopulate those places of the English; they are old excellent at the routing of you, in high lan­guage; but are not a little moved, that you have gotten so many considerable prizes from their Merchants.

From France they write, That the prodigious force and match­less valour of the Du. of York, causeth great admiration in the ene­mies Camp, who have felt wonderful and strange exploits, and yet the vanquished continually find his grace and favour; for upon beating up of some of the Spanish quarters, a French Colonel per­swaded him to use the benefit of the advantage which the darknesse of the night afforded him; No, no, said he, It fits not me to hunt af­ter night-stoln Victories: Malo me fortunae poeniteat, quam victoriae pu­deat. I had rather repent me of my fortune, then be ashamed of my Victory.

From the Navy further thus: We have received Ad­vertisements from Genoa that eight of our ships, whereof four Men of War, and four Merchant men, have had a great dispute with nine Dutchmen of War; and after a sharp conflict, with great gallantry and resolution perfor­med on both sides, it pleased God to crown the English with Victory, and to deliver into their hands five of the enemies best ships, but three got off, though notwithstan­ding they were much rent and torn; the other was sunk: These five, with those two taken by Captain Stoaks, make up the whole number 47; wherein were found great store of rich Merchandizes, Ammunition, and at least seven hun­dred pieces of Ordnance. Which is a great weakning to the States of Holland; and no little discouragement to their Mariners, to see their own ships man'd forth against them.

These particulars from Captain Stoaks, were confirmed by a Letter to the Councel of State on Sunday last, be­ing the 26. of this instant September, 1652.


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