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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.10

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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.10
page 246



mifhing, we ihall never gain the town.: if, by accident, we kill one infidel by our arrows, they fupply his place with ten more, as they are in their own country, and have provifion and ftores in abundance, while ours are • brought with x much difficulty and • uncertainty. What will be-come of us, if we flay longer ? The cold nights of winter will freeze and benumb us to death* We fhall be in a moft difagreeable ftate for many Teafons : firft, at that time of the year the fea will be fo tempeftuous no one will venture on it. We have now but eight days provifion, and fhould the ilormy weather fet in, and prevent any vefTels ar-riving, we muft inevitably perifli. Secondly, fup-pofe we have provifion and ftores in plenty,' bow can the army fupport, for fo long a time, the fatigue of a regular -guard? The danger will be too great ; for the enemy is on his own ground, $nd well acquainted with the country, and may attack us in the night-feafon, as we have already feen, and do us infinite damage. Thirdly, fhould . we be infe&ed with any diforder,^ from want of better air and frefh provifion, it may be conta-gious, and we fhall drop off one after another, for we have not any remedies to guard againft fuch a misfortune. Befides, fhould the Genoefe, who are a treacherous race, wifh to return without us, they might embark in the night-time, and, when once on board their veffels, we could not prevent them, and they would leave us here to pay the reckoning. It will be right that we remonftrate •with our lords, who are enjoying their eafe, on thefe 437


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