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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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done. ê Indeed !' laid the marfhal, • but yon wtH-not come off fo cheaply, for you have given us much trouble, and wounded our men. You fee plainly you cannot hold ont longer, and you mill purchafe your peaée from us, or we return to the attack and take your town by ftorm/ 6 And what h the fum you expeâ: for our ranfom?' * In God!s name,9 faid the marfhal, 6 ten thoufand francs/ 4 You afk too much/ replied the bailiff: * I offer yon two thoufand, for the town is poor, and ha& been heavily taxed.' * I will not accept your offer/ faid the marfhal ; c but take time to cfMliider of it, and do not let the place be loft for three or four thoufand francs, for all muft be ours. I am already blamed by my companions for having entered into any treaty with you : therefore make hafte, and either pay a handfome rarifom or take the confequences/ . . • The bailiff returned to the town, ahd. calling the inhabitants together, faid,—c What will you do? If you fuffer the EngMfii to senew the attack, they will ftorm the town, put us all to death, and plunder our wealth. They demand ten thoufand francs, and I have offered two, which 1 know it too tittle, and they will never take them : we ntuft sncreafe our offer two or three thoufand mote/ • * Soifte who were much alarmed for their live! and fortunes faid,—* Bailiff, do not fail making * bargain .with them ; for, fooner than they fhall re* new the affault, we will give four thoufand francs/ % It is well faid/ anfwered the bailiff, « and I will Hgain treat with them/ On this, the bailiff came again to the marfhal* who m


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