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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 329



complied with my requeft, and I thank you for it. ' Becaufe I wifh you fhould partake of what you have helped me to conquer, I muft inform you, that in that cheft which you * fee yonder (pointing to it with his finger), there is a fum of thirty thoufand francs. I would acquit my confcience and myfelf towards thofe who have faithfully ferved me : fay, therefore, if you will truly fulfil thearticles of my will/ Having faid they would,, he continued : ' In the firft place, I leave to the chapel of St. George, within our walls, the fum of fifteen hundred francs for re-pairs and additional buildings. I give to my miftrefs, who has been faithfully attached to me, two thoufand five hundred francs—To Alleyn Roux, your governor, two thoufand francs— To my valets de chambre, five hundred francs —To my officers, fifteen hundred francs. The furplus I thus difpofe of : you are about thirty companions, all engaged in the fame enterprife, and you should behave like brothers to each other, without envy, riot or ftrife. The fum I have mentioned you will find in the cheft : divide it, therefore, among you fairly and honourably ; but fhould the davil get among you, and you cannot agree, here is a well tempered fharp axe, cut open the cheft, and let thofe who can, feize the contents.' To this fpeech, they unanimoufly replied,—• 1 Lord and matter, we will not difagree. We have fo much loved and feared you, .we will never break the cheft, nor difobey any of the orders you have given us.* Sil Such


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