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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ. Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart

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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ.
Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
page 162



ADDITIONS- AND CORRECTIONS* 11 ONE of the moft important events in-die French hiftory is-the aflerabljr ordered by king John the good, in the year 1355, at'Paris, of-the three-eftates,-—of the clergy, of the nobility, and, for the firft time, of the citizens,—to procure himfelf money for a new war with England* Guthrie relates it in thé General Hiftory of the World,' volume x. part i. p. 423. 4261 together with manjrof the remonftrances which the fiâtes had to prefent, with the remarkable judgment thereupon ; that the ordinances-of the ftates at that time by the French, with refpeétto the impofts, may be confidered as their Magna Charta. Daniel, T. v. p. 22. 24. has wholly omitted the complaints*of the ftates. It ftands in Froiflart, vol. i*. ch. CLV. p. 179, 181. of the edition of Sauvage, and indeed, in refpeft of the war-tax, very circumftantially ; but he merely touchesupon the complaint • concerning the deb'afement of the coin. The variations of thischapter in the manufcript are inconfiderable, till we come to the fum total, p. 180. 1. 13. where, inftead of4 cinquante mille livres,* is to be read ' cinquante cens mille livres ;f which correction, however,. Sauvage had already given in a note. It was therefore not neceflkry to caufè this chapter, to be printed here, as Guthrie is in fo many hands, and merits-to be read, by reafon of the incredible diffimilarity of the reluit of that fkft affembliiig of the ftates of France with* the. fuccefs of. the laft.. SOME


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