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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
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Now, fuppofing a large body had come Upon them and followed them in their flight (with the addition of its being night), to regain the town, would not there have been much mischief? for • thofe acquainted with arms imagine the alarm would have been so great, that the Scots would have forced their way into the place with them. - When the bifhop of Durham, who was eager to reinforce the Englifh, faw his own men thus join the runaways in their flight, he demanded from fir William de LufTy*, fir Thomas Clifford and other knights of his company, what they were now to do ? Thefe knights could not, or would not ad-fife him : for to return without having done any thing would be difhonourable, and to advance Teemed attended with danger, they therefore re* mained filent 3 but the longer they waited, the more their men decreafed in numbers. ' The bifhop.at length faid,—* Gentlemen, evçry thing confidered, there is no honour in fool-hardi-nefs, nor is it requifite that to one misfortune we add another : we hear and lee that our men are defeated: this we cannot remedy ; for, fhould we attempt to reinforce them, we foarcely know whi-ther we (hould go, nor what numbers the enemy confift of We will return this night to Newcaftle, and to-morrow re-affemble and march*to find our enemies/ They replied, 6 God afiift us in it V— Upon this they marched back to Newcaftle. * De Luff. Q. Lucy. VOL. IX. T ' Obferve 273


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