“This 24 hours begins Very Pleasant the Ship Still in Chase. I being Poorly mand dare
not attactk her and many other Principal Reasons. Att 2 P.M. Satt fore and main topmast
stearing Sails found I Left the Ship att 6 P.M. It being dark Lost sight of the Ship
in Small Sails and hauld my wind. The Cruizer supposing I bore away to stear the Course
I was going When she saw me first Bore away and run ESE while I for six or Eight hours
had being [been] Runing four Points more southerly att the Rate of seven knots brought
her in my oppinion to bear of me ENE Distance about Eleven and half Leagues. Then
the wind headed me. I fell off to ENE then Runing att the Rate of 6 knots for three
hours. Saw the Same Ship Direct a head standing to southward & westward about 5 Leagues
Distance. Hove in stays after makeing of her Plain and stood to the westward because
I Could not Weather her on the former tack after Runing three hours to the westward.
The wind favoured me. I then hove in Stays and Came to windward of the frigate about
four miles and was Intirely Sattisfyd it was the Same Ship about four Miles Under
my Lee Quarter. They again Tackt ship and Continued Chaseing that day—but I found
I rather Left my Enemy.”
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015.