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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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he had iïever aâèd but with them aûd by "their ad* vice, and in conjunction'with the king's chamber-lains, fir Robert Trefilian, fir Robert Beaucbamp/ fir. John Salifbury, fir Nicholas Bramber and others; but thofe,- when examined, excufed themfelves, and flung the whole fault on him. The duke of Ireland faid fte fir Simon privately, —c I i^nderftand you are trf be arretted and fent to prifon until you fhall pay the fum you are charged with. Do not difpute the matter, but go whither they may order : I will make your peace with the king, though they had all fworn. to the contrary. You know the conftable of France owes me forty «thoufand francs for the ranfom of John of Blois, and this fum he.will fhortly pay: I will offer the amount to the commiffioners, which for the moment will fatisfy them : but the king is fovereign; he will pardon you all, for the balances muft be paid to him and to. none other/ * If I did not depend,* replied fir Simon Burley, c that you would ftrongly fupport me with the king, and affift me perfonaily in this matter, I would crofs the fea and go to the king of Bohemia. .1 fhould he well received there, and remain for a time until all this buttle were blown over/ c I will never for-fake you/ faid the*duke of Ireland : 4 are we notv companions, and equally implicated ? You muft afk time for repayment. . 1 know well that you can pay when you pleafe, in ready money, one hundred thoufand francs. Do not fear death, for they will never pufh matters fo far as that ; and, before Mi-chaelmas, things fhall have a different turn from YOL. ¥111. Y what ' 321


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