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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.8

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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.8
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s tached to France than to us. It is not right* fiftce Portugal afks from us affiftance, it fhould be re* Med: A parliament was held at Weftminfter on this fubje&, when it was determined that the duke of Lancafter fhould have, at the public e$penfe, a thousand or twelve hundred lances, all chofen men, two thoufand archers and one thoufand lufty varlets, and that they fhould receive half a year's pay in advance. The king's uncles were well fatif-fied with this grant : in particular, the duke of Lancafter, to whom, as. the matter more aearly concerned him, the command of this array was given. To expedite the ambaffadors return to Portugal, who were impatient to fet out, the king of Eng-land wrote very affectionate letters to the king of Portugal, declaring the ftrid union and intelligence he wifhed to fubfijft between the fubjefts of each kingdom. He made alfo magnificent prefents to the grand mafter of St. James and Lawrence Fon~ gaffe, who were continually with the duke of .Lan-cafter and earl of Cambridge. The day on which they took leave of the king and his council, they dined with the duke of Lancafter and his brother, and had liberty tp depart. I believe the duke mentioned in his letters to the king of Portugal* at well as to the ambaffadors, his wifh that feven gal-leys, and from eighteen to twenty large veffek might be fent from Portugal to the port of Briftol, on the confines of Wales, where the duke and his army/would embark* 1 The


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