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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.7

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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.7
page 24



u New* was soon fpread through Scotland, that a large body of men at arms from France were arrived in the country. Some began to murmur and fay, * What devil has brought them here t or who has fênt for them ? Cannot we carry on our wars with England without their affiftance? We fliall never do any effectual good as long a* they are with us. Let them be told to return again, for we are numerous enow in "Scotland tô fight our own quarrels, and do not want their company. We neither understand their lan-guage nor they ours, and we cannot converfe to-gether. They will very foon eat up and deftroV all we have in this country, and will do us more harm, if we allow them to remain among us, than the English could in battle. If the Englifh do burn our houfes, what confequence is it to ns* we can rebuild them cheap enough, for we only require three days to do fo, provided we have five or fix poles and boughs to cover them.' Such was the converfation of the Scots on thé arrival of the French: they did not efteem them, but hated them in their hearts, and abufed them* with their tongues as much as they could, like rude and worthlefs people as they are. I mull, however, fay that, confidering all things, it was not right for fo many of the nobility to have come at this feafon to Scotland : it would have been better to have fent twenty %r thirty knights from France, than fo large a body as five hundred or a thoufand. The reafon is clear. In Scotland trou will never find a man of worth: they are like favages,


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