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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.6

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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.6
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Harlefcécqjie, Bear Courtray : the mea-of Ghent lent thither twelve of their principal inhabitants, who bad in general (hewn themfelves defirous of Ipeaae, whatever it might coft them from tl\a-populace that fought only confufion. All the magistrates of the chief towns in Zanders were at Harlebecfue, even the ear^ Mmfdf;, and there were fome alfo from Liege, Hainault and Brabant. Matters were fo ably, conducted, that the deputies from Ghent return- • €*d home with propositions for a peace. It hap-pened that thqgp inhabitants who wi(hed for an, {end of the war, namely, the prudent and quiet ones, went to the houfes of the deputies who Had been* at this conference, and who were two of the richeft and moft peaceable citizens, fuch as fir Gi}ifebert 3ente and fir Symon.Bete, and a&ed them what news they had brought. They discovered themfelves too foon; for they replied,-. * (rood people, we (hall have, if it pleafe God* an excellent peace for thofe who ape well in-3ined and wifh for quiet; and fome of thé wicked ones in the town will be punUhed.' It is commonly faid, if tlere bethofe who talk, tWe are thofe who act. Peter du Bots, not tanking his life in fafety, had fpies everywhere "to give him intelligence. Some of them brought Him the reports of the town, refpecting a peace, and affiired him the words came from fir Guife-Bert Gente and fir Symon Bete. Peter, oil bearing this, was like a madman, and, applying them to himfelf, faid,r— If any are to be pu-tofbed for this war# I (ball not be one of th# 5


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