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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
page 331



having any caufe of complaint. We muft alfo fay that you have appointed too long a day by referring us to Michaelmas. • No time can be better than the prefent : we, therefore, unanimoufly declare, that we will have an account, and very fhortly too, from thofe who have governed your kingdom fince your coronation, and know what is become of the great funis that have been raifed in England for thefe laft nine years, and whither they have paffed. If thofe who have been your treafurers (hall give a juft ac-count, or nearly fo, we fhall be much rejoiced, and leave them in their offices. Thofe who fhall not produce honeft acquittances for their expenditure fhall be-treated accordingly, by the commiffiqners that are to be nominated by you, and mr lords four uncles/ The king, on this, looked at his uncles to fee if they would fay any thing, when the duke of GIo-cefter faid,—-* That he faw nothing but what was Juft and reafonable in the demands they had made: what do you fay, fair brother of York V * As God may help me, it is all true,' he replied, as did the other barons who were prefent; but the king wifhed them to give their opinions feparately. c Sir/ added the duke of Glocefter, 4 it is but fair that you know how your money has been expended/ The king perceiving they were all united, and that his minions dared not utter one word, for they were overawed by the prefence of the nobles, faid,—c Well, I con* fent to it: let them be fent away; for fummpr is now approaching, and the time for my amufement in hunting/ Then, addreffing the Londoners, he % added, 318


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