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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.11

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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.11
page 106



• 9i cquence,: accepted their liomage, printed them proteftiçn, and fuch other privileges, on his royal word, as could not be broken ; and that, if they wifhed for peace, they muft offer other preli-minaries. It was then rcfolved, between the four dukes, on whom it folely depended, whether there fhould be peace or war, that each party fhould reduce to writing their different grounds of treating, and mu-tually deliver thejn to each other, to confider of them at their leifure, with their clerks, learned in the laws, who had accompanied them, and deter-mine on what parts they could agree to, and what would not be accepted. This was aflfented to by all ; for the dukes were before much fatigued in hearing the various papers read and difcufleel j more efpecially the Englifh commiflioners -, for, as jtt was carried on in French, they were not fo well ufed to the finefle and double meanings of chat language as the natives, who turned and twifted it to their own advantage at pleafure. The Englifh oppofed this, for they wifhed every thing to be made clear and intelligible to every one. The French accufed the Englifh of having, at various times, infringed the articles of the peace, and offered to prove it by written documents, and the word of their king, as well as by the judg-ment of the pope. This made the Englifh more diligent to have every thing made out plain -, and, whenever they found any thing obfeure in the pro-pofals that had been given them from the French commiflioners, which they examined carefully and ml


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