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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
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The king replied, f Be affured, I myfelf will do juftice, and punifh the crime more severely than the barons would venture to do ; and never for any brother will I act otherwife.' 4 • • • The earl of Stafford and his relations anfwered, C-Sir, fou have well fpoken, and we thank you/ Thus were the relations of lord Ralph Stafford appeafed. He performed the expedition to Scot-land, as I fhall relate to you ; and, during that whole time; the earl of Stafford feemed to have forgotten the death of his fon, in which conduct all the barons thought he fhewed great wifdom- CHAP. XIV. THE KING OF ENGLAND DESTROYS THE ABBEY OF MELROSE IN SCOTLAND.—THE BARONS OF FRANCE AND SCOTLAND INVADE CUM-BERLAND. THE army of the king of England, which coefifted of feven thoufand men at arms and fixty thoufand archers, kept advancing: none had remained behind, for k had been confidently re-ported through England that fir John de Vienne would give them battle. Indeed, fuch were his intentions, and he had in a manner told this to the barons of Scotland, when he faid,^—* My lords, make your army as confiderable as you can; for, if the Englifh come as far as Scotland, I will offer them combat.' The Scots replied, 'God af-fifl us V but they afterwards changed their mind. The 64


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