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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 118



every thing had been pardoned under the seal of the duke, so that none were afraid, or whether to accompany the lord Bourchier and the English to England. Having paid due attention to all cir-cumstances, he did not think he could venture to trust himself in Ghent. True it is, that Francis Atremen, when he mentioned his inten-tions of quitting Ghent, said, * Peter, every thing is pardoned ; and ' you know, by the trea-ties made and sealed with my lord of Burgundy, that no one can suffer for what has passed.' 'Francis,' replied Peter, ' real pardons do not always lie in letters patent:, one may pardon by word ofmouth, and give letters to the same effect, but hatred may still lie in the heart. I am but a man of low birth, and little consequence in the town of Ghent, and yet have done all in my power to maintain its rights and privileges. Do you think, that in two or three years hence, the people will remember it ? There are persons of high birth in the town : Gilbert Matthew and his brethren, who were enemies to my master John Lyon, will return, and will never view me but with evil _ eyes ; as will also the relations of iir Gilbert Gente and sir Symon Bete, who were slain by me: never can I trust myself safely in this town. And " will you venture to remain pnong such traitor?, who have broken their faith with the king of England ? I swear, that you yourself will in the end luffer/ € I know not what iâay happen,9 answered f rancis; f but I have such faith in the treaty, and in 108


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