A perfect Relation of the most Glorious and Entire Victo­ry obtain'd by the Christian Army (under the Conduct of the D's of Lorain and Bavaria) over the whole Turkish Forces, near Darda, taking all their Bag­gage and Cannon.
Brought by Express to his Excellency the Spanish Em­bassador, August the 20th. 1687.

YEsterday Morning arrived a Flanders Mail, which brought no fresh­er Letters than the 11th from Vienna, there having been that Morning an extraordinary Courier arriv'd from the Imperial Camp, with Advice that the Duke of Lorain was marched from Mohatz towards Darda, with full Resolution, (considering how important it was to the present conjuncture of Affairs,) by some stratagem or other, to ob­lige the Prime-Vizier to a Battle: The said Courier reports, that being a League on his way, early in the Morning, he heard the Discharge of a great many Cannon, and continued Vollies of Musquets, which gave sub­ject to believe, that the Armies began then to engage. The Gentle­men of Horse of the Marquess Cactanaga Governour of the Spanish Nether­lands, arriv'd at the same time here being sent express to Don Pedro de Ronquilio, the Spanish Embassador, to impart to him the Glorious Victo­ry the Christian Army has obtain'd over the whole Ottoman Force in Hun­gary, being 80000 effective fighting Men, being brought to Brussels, by the Gentlemen of Horse of the Marquess Burgamanero, the Spanish Embassa­dor at Vienna, and sent from his Highness the Duke of Lorain, by the Prince of Savoy, to the Emperour; Dated from the Imperial Army, in the Turkish-Camp, near Esseck, the 7th of August, 1687. which for the Va­lour and Conduct of the Generals, as well as the good of Christendom, shall give what particulars can at present be obtain'd.

His Highness the Duke of Lorain having since his re-passing the Drave, reached his Bridge of Boats over the Danube, at Mohatz, not thinking the Prime Visier would have abandon'd his strong Retrenchments about Es­seck, was about ent'ring upon the design of Besieging some strong-hold the Turks yet possess in Hungary, when Advice was brought him, that the whole Turkish Army, with all their Cannon, Baggage, and Artillery of War, passed the Drave, the 28th. of last Month, and strongly Encamped them­selves near Darda; On the 30th. the Duke of Lorain held a Council of War, where they resolv'd, that it was absolutely necessary, to preserve their new Conquest, to return and Fight the Enemy, if they could be pos­sibly drawn to accept it; and secret methods were among the Generals con­certed how to induce the Turks to quit their Encampment, and fight on equal terms. The Duke made a present Detachment of 8000 Horse to cover Sycloss, and five Churches, from the Insults of the Enemy, which lay most expos'd; and so leaving his heavy Baggage behind him at Mo­hatz, Muster'd his Army, which did not much exceed 40000 Men; the next day Marched towards the Enemy with easie Journeys, not too much to Fatigue his Men, skirmish'd with some Parties of them in his Pas­sage; on the fourth, came within a League and a half of their Camp, made Entrenchments; and finding that'twas impossible to force them from their Post, on the fifth, sent a Detatchment notwithstanding, to make a shew [Page 2] of attempting it, who Retired with some loss to the Camp. In the night the Duke of Lorain caused the Elector of Bavaria, with a considerable Bo­dy of the Army, to draw out of the Camp one way, and some Generals a­nother as if they were retreating, which the Prime Visier being advis'd of by his Spies, and believing (through the disadvantage they were in the day before) that the Christian Army was retiring, as they did when they re-passed the Drave: Seing them now separated, by six the next morning the Prime Vizier, before they were all retreated, drew out his Army from their Post attacqued the Christian Camp, thinking to have eat them for a Breakfast; but they valiantly maintain'd the Fight till almost Noon, be­fore the first Detatchment, which was Marched some miles round, fell in upon their Rear, and soon after another Body of Christians on their Flank, which put them into so great a Consternation, seeing themselves decoyed that they began to give ground, taking their flight towards Esseck, and some thou­sands of them were driven into the Drave, which through the rapidness of the Stream, were most of them drowned; but in some places the Fight was very obstinate and bloody, and continued till ten at Night, but in conclusion their whole Army was discomfited, the Christians being in a full pursuit af­ter them, they having intirely quitted the Field, leaving all their Cannon, Baggage, and Attirals of War behind them, which is said to be full as rich as their Camp before Vienna. The number of the slain are com­puted to be 8000 on the spot, and almost as many drowned in the River; besides a good Accouut will be had of the pursuit, which every Post, for some time, will bring us more particularly. The Germ­mans, in this Days Action, have so approved themselves for their Valour and Conduct, as they will for ever be dreadful to the Turks, and the suc­cess of this Engagement, being the Turks last effort, will bring no small advantage to the Emperour. The christian Army being not wholly return­ed from the pursuit there is no certain Advice of the loss on our side, but as it may be computed 700. some think 1000 may be slain; and we do not miss, as yet, any considerable Officer of Note: But few of the Turks are mad [...] Prisoners, the Germans being so enraged for the Action of Esseck, as to give no quarter.


JUst as this happy News arrived, when the Emperours Affairs were thought to be declining in Hungary, we receiv'd the joyful Advice, That the Ve­netians have been also successful in the Morea, General Morosini having Land­ed his Army at the mouth of the Gulph of Lepanto, laid Siege to the Fortress, and after some days resistance, made himself master thereof.

Edinburgh, Re-printed by the Heir of Andrew Ander­son, Printer to His most Sacred Majesty, City and Colledge, Anno DOM. 1687.

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