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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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be does ail himfelf }• for he has, by nature*} abilities to know to whom he ihouid give, and from whom he ihouid take, when required. True it is, that the large prefents he makes opprefs his people ; for his revenue is hot equal to giving every year at leaft fixty thoufand francs, and keeping up his eftablifh-ments, which are unequalled by any one, and to the amtffing a treafute to ferve him in cafe of accidents. He has been, for thefe lait thirty years, laying by large fums ; and they fay there is in the tower of Orthès one hundred thoufand francs, thirty times told. His fubjefts only pray to God that he may have long life, and never complain of any thing he does ; and I hare heard them fay, that on the day he ihall die, there will be ten thoufand perfons in Orthès who would wifh to die alfo. Confider that this muft be the eife& of their afeétion ; and, if they have fuch great love for him, they have teafon for it, as he maintains ftri6t juftice, and his fubjeâs enjoy their lands free and in peace, like to a terreftrial paradifc. Let it not be thought that I thus fpeak through flattery, or my love to him, or for the pre-fents he has made me ; for I can readily prove all I have faid of the gallant count de Foix, and ftill more, by a thoufand knights and fquires, if called upon. Let us return to fir William de Lignac and fir Walter de Paflac, the commanders of the men at arms deftined for Caftille. " Having crofted Bafques, and the pafs of Rohcef-? allés, which took them three days, (for, though it was in the month of April, the fndws and cold were fo deep and fevere, that they had much difficulty in Ft ' the «11


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