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Posted by Jeannine for 23rd July 1664.
“Journal of the Earl of Sandwich” edited by R.C. Anderson (Appendix V)
JAMES, DUKE OF YORK, TO SANDWICH
(Sandwich MSS., Letters from Ministers, etc. Vol. I, f. 31)
My Lord Sandwich. It is now more than a week since Captain Reynolds, Commander of his Majesty’s ship the Gift, bound for Guinea, did inform me that he had all his stores on board and was ready to sail, and that from myself by word of mouth and also by signification of my pleasure in writing from my secretary he had directions to carry the said ship into the Downs, and it is a full week since he had his last sailing orders, notwithstanding all which and that he hath not appeared to complain of any want or defect, yet I am informed that on Thursday night last the said ship was at Erith. The precedent of such a neglect is of such dangerous a consequence as that it ought not to be passed over silently, and therefore I desire you, so soon as Captain Reynolds shall arrive in the Downs, to examine the matter and if you find him faulty (as it is most probable you will, since the wind hath been fair during the whole time of the neglect), I desire you to remove Capt. Wilgresse (who formerly desired that voyage in the Company’s service) into that ship, directing him to execute the orders formerly given to Captain Reynolds, which you may demand of him, and upon notice of it I shall send you down another commander for the Hector, that so no time may be lost for the dispatch of the fleet to Guinea. *I am your very affectionate friend -James*
St. James’s, 23rd July 1664
[Note from Anderson: Words in ** are in autograph]