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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.5

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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.5
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theaflirè our gpod town would have beeh quite rbined. In addition to this, he intends to build a caftle at~Deynfe in oppofition to us and to haraft us j and we know that the people of Bruges have promifed him, for fome time paft, th^t they would pay him from ten to twelve thoufand francs a-year, if they could have the advantage of the river Lys. I would therefore advifè, that the good town of Ghent fhould fend to him fome learned men, well informed of our affairs, who would remon-ftrate wifely and boldly with him on all thefe mat-ters, and alfo refpe&ing the burgefs who is in pri~ fon at Erclo, whom his bailiff will not give up, kt which the town is not pleafed, as well as on other affairs fefptéting our town. After having remon-ftrated with him on thefe things, let them in-form him, that neither himfeif nor advifers nrtlft imagine that we are fo difheartened, that, if there Ihould be occafion, we are not able and deter-mined . to refift i and that, after the town fhall have had his anfwers, the good men of Ghent will take proper mcafures to punifh thofe who fhall a& with hoftilky towards them/ When Jôhrr Lyon had concluded this oration in the fquare of thé market-place, each man faid, € He has well fpoken y he has well fpoken and then they all retired to their own homes. Gilbert. Matthew was not prefent at this ha-rangue of John Lyon ; for he already was- afraid of the white hoods * but his brother, Stephen, had been there, who was ever foretelling what was to happen : he faid on his return, ( I have told you truly, *11§


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