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John Byng
October 29, 1704 - March 14, 1757
Nationality: British
Category: Soldier
Subcategory: British Soldier

I do not send their Lordships the particulars of our losses and damages by this, as it would take me much time; and I am willing none should be lost in letting them know an event of such consequence.


By this time it was past six, and the enemy's van and ours were at too great a distance to engage, I perceived some of their ships stretching to the northward; and I imagined they were going to form a new line.


The enemy now began to appear from the mast-head.


Falling little wind, it was five before I could form my line, or distinguish any of the enemy's motions; and could not judge at all of their force, more than by numbers, which were seventeen, and thirteen appeared large.


The next morning we saw nothing of the enemy, though we were still lying to.


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