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A instruction manual of the Scottish Gaelic global focuses upon Gaelic cultural survival from the twelfth to the 18th centuries.

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Torrington, p. 19. SPRING 1687 TO OCTOBER 2ND, 1688 19 miral, advised by his captains, the Instructions yet made definite suggestions as to the disposition of the ships. Scouting off Orfordness and the Downs was still to be provided for; if the emergency for dealing with the vessels of the States, whose destination might be northward, into the River, into the Downs or the Channel, arose, Sir Roger was advised to put to sea from the Downs which, it is assumed, would remain his base, either by the North or South Foreland, to endeavour to get between them and their home, to watch them, and, if necessary, to fall upon them.

For many days after the unlucky Friday, the 19th of October, the wind continued westerly and the weather varied wildly. The "lotesmen" 2 scoured the coast for straggling vessels; vessels one after another still came in. Though there was much for the sailors to do, the seasick soldiers were miserable enough afloat; the long nights gave opportunity for much discussion, for rumours about the English fleet's unwillingness to fight and for the expression of doubts, on the part of the fainthearted, as to the possibility of any ultimate success.

18-19. Ibid. p. 19; London Gazette, July 30-Aug. 2. Dalrymple, App. p. 282; Louis to Barillon, July 24, 1688. 6 D'Avaux, IV, July 27. Ibid. Aug. 24. Dalrymple, App. p. 282; Barillon to Louis, Aug. 2, 1688. 1 William, recalling the attack of Sir Robert Holmes on the Smyrna-Lisbon convoy of 1671-2, with which quasi-piratical escapade the Third Dutch War had begun without ceremonious declarations, thought it better to divert the argosies by the Hebrides and Orkneys (a precaution the Dutch wars had taught) rather than to expose their freights in the Channel, or alternatively, to send warships to meet them in the Channel at a time when, above all others, provocative demonstration had to be avoided.

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