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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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" At that time there was in the town a fquire of the count de Blois, whofe name was Jacob, an agreeable man, who affifted them in all things. He talked with the principal people of the town, and with fuch good effect that a part of their baggage was reftored to them. m . In order to fave them from their peril, for he knew the people were much enraged againft them, ' and had intentions of attacking them on the fea, as they had fent notice of their plans to the neighbouring towns, and were in fufficient force to do fo, he fhewed them much courtefy, and, out of affection to them, explained how greatly the country was ' exafperated againft them, but that, out of regard to his lord and the realm of France, he would counteract it. They warmly thanked him for his kind inten-tions. Well, what did Jacob do ? He went to a mariner and hired a vefTel to carry him and his company wherever he pleafed, faying his inten-tions were to go to Dordrecht. The mariners having agreed to this propofal, he and his com-pany embarked on board the vefTel, and at firft made for Dordrecht ; but, when Jacob faw it was time to alter their courfe, he faid to the failors, c Now, mind what I am going to fay : I have hired with my money'this veffel to carry me whitherfoever I fhall pleafe :% turn, therefore, the helm for Stçueghene*, as I want to go thi-ther/ The failors refufed to do fo, faying they had heen only engaged to fail to Drodrecht. # Struegheae. Q. Gertruydenbergh. Attend 359


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