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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
page 364



Prefer letters to be given fealed with my feàl, whifch they fhàll carry back with every demand Jrou have made fully granted : and, in order that you may be the more fatisfied, I will direft that my banners fhall be fent to evçry fttwardfhip, caftlewick and corporarion/ Thefe words greatly appeafed fhc novices and well-pieaning ones who were there,-and knew not what they wanted, faying,—c It is wçll Md we do not wifh for more/ The people were thus quieted, and began to return towards London. ' The king added a few words, which pleafed them much : f You, my good people of Kent, fhall have one of my banners ; and you alfo bf EiTex, SufTex, Bedford, Suffolk, Cambridge, Stafford and Lincoln, fhall each of you have one ; and I pardon you all for what you hitherto have done ; but you muft follow my banners, and now return home on the terms I have mentioned/ They unanimoufly replied, they would. Thus did this great afTembly break up, and fetr out for London. • ' ' The king inftantly employed upwards of thirty • fecretaries, who drew up the letters as faft as they could ; and, having fealed and delivered them to thefe people, tjjey departed, and returned to their • own counties. ' The principal mifchief remained behind : I mean, Wat Tyler, Jack Straw and John Ball, who declared, that though the people wereiafctefied, they1 would not thus depart ; and they had more than thirty thoufand who wdre of their mind. They ' VOL. V. A a continued S53


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