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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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.tea!!, a citizen of London,called Simon de Sudfcyry, a man of fenfe and oratory. He formed bis fpeegji from what the duke of Glocefter had faid to th§m$ and, as you have heard that, I need not take mors notice of it. The king, having heard it, replied^—' Ye 9Qm* mons of England, your requefts are great and im* portant, and cannot be immediately attended ÎP§ for we (hall not long remain here, nor arc all pu?, council with us': indeed the greater part are abfe&t* I therefore bid each of you return quietly, to. yp»f hoipes, %nd there peaceably remain, unleft fent fpr» until Michaelmas, when the parliament fhall be fknbled at Weftminfter, Come thither and faf. your requjefts before us, which we will fubmjt £q our council. What we approve fhall be grantecj, and what we think improper refuted. 'For jthjnk not we are to be ruled by our people. That ha§ fceyer bef n ; pnd we can perceive nothing but whaf . is right and juft in our government, and in thpfe Fhp govern under us/ i Upwards.of feven inftantly replied to thjg king* and faid»—# Moft redoubted lord, under fpuf grace's favour, your juftice is weak, indeed. ii th§ realm, and you know not what behoveth you tQ know ; for you neither make inquiry, nor exaitying ihjto what is palling ; and thofe who are your gd-yifers wilj never tell you, for the great wealth they are am^ffing. It is not juftice, fir king, to cut off heads, wrifts or feet, or any way.fo to punifh $ bn$ juftice confifts in the maintaining the fubje$t in hi? fight, and in taking c$re .he live fp peaçe? wi|hop| Immg 317


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