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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 278



by what hat paffed, for they have now been Ui dus country more than two months, . and have only -conquered a fmall and iofignificant fort. Let them therefore come and go, without offering them combat; for they will foon be tired of the war, and will be defeated without a battle. When they have deftroyed all the low countries, they will be in want of provifion, and famine will force them to return, if no worfe accidents befal them. You mua order your men at arms to keep in bodies near to each other, that, in cafe of need, they may fuccour and give advice to thofe of the gar-rifons who may want it. Reinforce with them all your towns and cailles; for the rich citizens are not accuffomed to war, and will not defend them* feives like knights or fquires who have been brought up to the profeffion. Send fome of your chivalry into Alexandria: you will gain doubly by k, for your city will be more ably defended, and your fubjeâs will love you with greater affeûioa when they fee you are attentive tp them in their diftrefs. You are befide bounden to do this, for they pay you taxes and other levies for your go-verning and taking care of them. Your ene-mies cannot have a fufficient force to furround Alexandria on all fides, and prevent the me* at arms you.fhfll fend thither from entering the town; and, when the inhabitants fhall fee them arrive, their courage will be raifed, their attachment to you increafed, and any treaties they might have thought of entering into with your enemies %will be fut an end to,'


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