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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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

Biography

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Name: John Byng
Nationality: British
Born: October 29, 1704
Birthplace:
Die: March 14, 1757
Occupation: Soldier
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Admiral John Byng (baptised 29 October 1704 – 14 March 1757) was a Royal Navy officer. After joining the navy at the age of thirteen, he participated at the Battle of Cape Passaro in 1718. Over the next thirty years he built up a reputation as a solid naval officer and received promotion to vice-admiral in 1747 (wikipedia)