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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 390



• refervatfon in regard to nie ? who am uncle to the king, and who hatfe my inheritance to guard, which-rnext to the king's, it the greateft, and who for the good of the realm have made this journey kit© Scotland ? Your anfwer does not excufe you from having much wronged my ' honour, in thus giving credit to the reports in circulation that I wifhed to commit treafon with the Scots, by {hutting againft me thedcing my lord's towns, and in particular that in which my provifion and ftores were. For which reafons I tell you, you have ill behaved j and for the blame you have thus caft on me, and to clear myfclf in the prcfenee of my lord the king, I throw down my glove : take it up if you dare/ Upon this, the king ftepped forth and faid,—* f Fair uncle of Lancafter, whatever has been done I avow as my orders. Take up your glove, and recal your words. I muft excufe the earl of Northumberland ; for ftridly, and on his life, did we order him to keep every town clofe fhut that was on the borders of Scotland : and know, that our kingdom was in fuch confufion and peril, when you were ' in thofe parts, that - it could not fupport itfelf. It muft, therefore, have been through the fault of the fecretary, or the negled of our council -, for, in truth, you ought to have been excepted. I therefore beg of you, and will, that you lay afide your ill humour : I take all on myfclf, and clear the earl of Northum-berland/ - • The eaife of ikundclj SalMbiry, Suffolk, Stafford and 379


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