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this in spight of a Fleet by some said to consist of 700. Sail Station'd to opos them. Harold lost in the last Battle a great many Good troops, the Earls of Mercia & Northumberland were not come up to Him, notwithstanding which, He went on impetuously with one third of the Army that might have assembl'd in two or three days, to meet the Normans, who in a little time must in that season of the Year have been drove to grat Streights for want of Provisions, indeed He was deceiv'd by the Count of Flanders, who had describ'd William's Army as very inconsiderable; He came within Sight of the Enemy at Battle, where He Soon found His Mistake, & that William's Army greatly surpass'd His own; upon which He meditated a retreat; but opos'd by Some, & reproach'd by others, He drew out His troops the next day being the 14th. of October, & gave the Enemy Battle, rejecting the offers made Him by Duke William either to accept