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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.12

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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.12
page 133



whom the duke of Brittany had fent for the good of the realm, and to ferve the king and country. The bailiffs fufpicions were lulled ; and the earl fo difguifed himfelf that he was not difcovered by any of the townfmen, and retired to a private chamber, where he remained fliut up. The archbifhop, on their arrival at Plymouth, inftantly wrote letters, fignedand fealcd by him, which he difpatched by one of his fervants to London, to inform the citizens of the carl's landing. The itreffenger made fuch hafte, by changing horfes in the different towns he paffcd through,' that he arrived at London by break of day on the following morning. He entered the city by Lon-don bridge gate, which was not fhut, and went to the houfe of the mayor, who was in bed; but, on hearing a méffenger was come from the arch-bifhop, he leaped out of it, and ordered the man into his chamber, who gave him the letters from the archbifhop. The mayor opened and read their contents with pleafure, and, inftantly drefling himfelf, fent off his fervants with the intelligence of the earl of Derby's landing to the houfes of thofe who had been the moft adive in fending for him. All were rejoiced at .the news ; and about two hundred of the principal citizens affembled, who held no long council, for the cafe did not re-quire it, but cried out,—c Come, let us haften to make ourfeives ready, and go and meet our lord of Lancafter, fince we have invited him hither. The archbifhop of Canterbury has done well to bring him; and let the earl's arrival be made knpwn


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