THE COMING OF THE ENGLISH
IT was reported that the English, with four ships, had
arrived at Boston from England, and were making
ready to come against New Amsterdam, to the end
 that it might be taken from the Dutch, even as
they had taken Trinity and Christina from the
We knew that there could be no doubt as to the
truth of the news, for even the names and strength of
the ships were given, and there was little question but
that they had already sailed from Boston, therefore
did we have reason to believe the fleet would be in our
harbor very soon.
The force which King Charles had sent on advice
of his brother, the Duke of York, was made up of the
Guinea, carrying thirty-six guns, the Elias with thirty,
the Martin, with sixteen, and the William and Nicholas
with ten, making ninety-two guns against our twenty-two
bombards, culverins, and serpentines.
It was reported also that many of the English from
Hartford, who believed they had cause of complaint
against Master Stuvvesant, had joined themselves to
 the soldiers sent from England, and that no less a person
than Governor Winthrop was with them.
To show how complete was the information which
came to us discontented ones of New Amsterdam, it is
only needed for me to say that we even knew that the
English commander was Colonel Richard Nicolls,
who was to be Deputy Governor of the West India
Company's possessions when he had captured them.