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An Account of the Dutch Attack on the Medway, June 1667.

Posted by David Davies, on June 1st, 2017


The Dutch attack on the Medway in 1667 is generally regarded as one of the most humiliating defeats in British history, and this letter, a transcript of the original held at the National Maritime Museum, provides a particularly vivid account of it. Written during the middle of the attack by an anonymous correspondent to a member of the politically influential Gurdon family of Norfolk, it illustrates the panic felt in London and the wild rumours which were circulating at the time, as well as providing points of detail not found in other sources.

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