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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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who may think themfelves certain of death wiM be pardoned : accept, therefore, thefe offers, or at leaft confider well before yon refufe them; for I believe you will never have fuch made to you again.' Philip von Artaveld replied,—c We are not oommiffioned to treat on fuch terms by our townfmen, nor will they ever accept them -9 but if the citizens in Ghent, upon our return, after having informed them of the anfwer from the earl,, fhall be willing to fubmit themfelves, it (hall not be our fault that peace is not made. We give you our belt and warmed thanks for the great trouble and pains you have taken in this bufinefs/ • They then took leave of thofe well-intentioned pèrfons, and the other deputies from the prin-cipal towns of the three countries, and fhewed plainly that they would not accept of the offered terms for peace. Philip von Artaveld and his com-panions went to their hotels, difcharged their bills, and returned through Brabant to Ghent. Thus was this conference broken up, which had been affembled with the beil intentions, • in the town of Tournay, and each man returned to his home. The earl of Flanders never made an inquiry what was the anfwer of the Ghent de-puties, fo very cheap did he hold them. H#» wilhed not for any treaty of peace ; for he well knew he had puflied them fo hard they could not hold out againft him much longer, and that the end muft be honourable to him : he was also defirous to reduce Ghent to fuch a fituation that all other towns might take warning from it. About this period the Parifian» again rofe, be- caufe • 80,


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