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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
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were of fuçh t magnitude as to require Ms delibe-rate confideratioiK The duke then, obferving the manner of his nephew, defired he would keep what he had faid very fecret. This he promiffd faith-fully to do, and, taking his leave, haftcned from him, and inftantly went to ' ht| eftatcs in Ireland : he would never liften nor fend any anfwer to all the propofals his uncle made to him, excufiag himfelf honourably from taking part in them, aa he forefaw they mull end badly. The duke of Glocefter employed all poffihlc means to ftir up troubles in England, and excite the Londoners againft the king. The year that a truce had been figned between England and France, to laft for thirty years, king Richard and his queen came to London, on their return from France : the duke of Glocefter whifpered the citizens to petition the king to abolifh all taxes and fubfidies which had been imppfed for the laft twenty years, as it was reafonable they fhould now ccafe, fincc a truce had been figned for fo long a term, and they had been levied folely as war-taxes, to pay the men at arms and archers in fupport of the war. He told the merchants* € it was hard to pay thirteen florins out of every hundred as a tax oa merchandife, which were fpenr in idk dances and feafts : you pay for them, and are fbrely op-prefled. Add to your petition a remonftrance for me realm to be governed according to ancient cuf-torn and ufages, and that whenever there fhall be any necefiity to raifc money for the defence of the kingdom, you will tax yourfelves with fuch foms as 845


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