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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2
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you fhall not thus efcape from us ; for we know , that you have emptied the treafury, and fent it into "England,* without our knowledge : you therefore* (hall fuffer death.' When he heard this, he clafped his hands together, began to weep bitterly, and faid, ' Gentlemen, fuch as I am, you yourfelves have made me : you formerly fwpre, you would jrote6l me againft all the worjd ; and now, without any reafon, you want to murder me. You are cer-tainly matters to do it, if you pleafe ; for I am but one 'man againt you all. Think better of it, for the love of God : recolle6t former times, and con-fider how many-favours and kindnefles I have con* fer red upon you. You wifh to give me a forry recompenfe for all the generous deeds you have experienced at my hands. You are not ignorant, that, when commerce was dead in this country, it was I who reftored it. I afterwards governed you in fo peaceable a manner, that under my admini-ftration you had all things according to your wiihes; corn, oats, riches, and all Corts 0f merchandize which have made you fo wealthy.' • They began to bawl out, c Come down, and do not preach.to us from fuch a. height ; for we will have an account and ftatement of the great trea-fures of Flanders, which you have governed too long without rendering any account ; and it is not proper for an officer to receive the rents of a lord, or of a country, without accounting for them/ When Jacob von Artaveld faw that he could not appeafe or calm them, he fliut the window, and in-tended getting out of bis houfe t&e back way, to « take 100


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