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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.1

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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.1
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of the river, dire&ly in front ; but they tvere unwilling to advance or come nearer. The Engliih could not attack them in fuch a fituation without great difadvantage and lofs; they remained full eighteen days in this fituation upon this mountain, whence the lords fent frequent heralds to the Scots, to offer to give them full place of plain ground to draw up their battalions, or elfe they would accept the fame from them ; but they would not agree to either of thefe propofals. The two armies had little comfort during the time they remained in this pofition. The firft night that the Englifli were pofted on this fécond mountain, the lord James Douglas took with him about two hundred men at arms, and at midnight crofTed the river, at fuch a diftance from the camp that he was not noticed, and fell upon the c Engliih army moil valiantly, fhouting, Douglas for ever ! Ye ihall die, ye thieves of England !' He and his companions killed more than three hundred ; and he gallopped up to the king's tent, and cut two or three of its cords, crying, at the fame time, β Douglas ! Douglas for ever!' when he fet off ; and in his retreat, he loft fome of his followers, but not many;—he returned to his friends on the mountain. Nothing more of the fort was attempted iron* that time ; but the £ngliih in future kept a ftrong and attentive guard, for they were fearful of another attack from the Scots, and had placed fentinels and fcouts to give notice of the fmalleft movement of the enemy ; the chief lords alfo flept in


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