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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.9

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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.9
page 154



War delivered them into oiir hands, fuch wealth, and riches as afioniflied us. It is fuch a war as this yye ought to attend to and boldly hazard our lives, for it is very profitable, and not in a war with Caflille or Portugal, where there is nothing but poverty and lofs to be fuffered.' ' ' . Such were the converfations of the Englifh who had returned from Caftille, fo that the mi* nifters who ruled the country, perceived that any* expedition thither would be very unpopu-lar. The country was not as yet recovered from the late troubles, which the. executions of fir Robert Trefilian and others, and the flight of the duke of Ireland, had thro^ it into. Xhe ljing had alfo new counfellor^ with whom hç was. not, at that time, well reconciled. • M\ thefe things prevented any attention being paid f& what related to the duke of Lancafter, who ftill refided at Bayonne. The fituationof England, with refpect to its internal divifiqns, the defperate ftate of the af-fairs of the duke of Lancafter, and all that re-lated to the duke __ __ jland and his partifans, were perfectly known to the king of France and his council. To gain more information on t^efev fubjects, the king, by the advice of his uncles, refolved to invite the duke of Ireland into France, and to fend to him at Utrecht, where he refided, proper paffports for his coming thither, and for remaining as long as it fhould be the king's pleafure, and to return whenever. the dulçe fiiould pleafe. . It was nçceflary to fend fpeciaj meffengers, 143


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