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When Piers Cleret had paied the pension to the lord Hastings, he gentlie demanded of him an ac|quittance for his discharge. Which request when he denied, he then onlie asked of him a bill of thrée lines to be directed to the king, testifieng the receipt of the pension: to the intent that the king your maister should not thinke the pension to be imbeselled. The lord Hastings, although he knew that Piers de|manded nothing but reason, answered him:

Sir this gift commeth onelie of the liberall pleasure of the king his maister, and not of my request: if it be his determinat will that I shall haue it, then put you it into my sléeue; and if not, I praie you render to him EEBO page image 701 his gift againe: for neither he nor you shall haue ei|ther letter, acquittance, or scroll signed with my hand of the receipt of anie pension, to the intent to brag another daie, that the kings chamberleine of Eng|land hath béene pensionarie with the French king, & shew his acquittance in the chamber of accounts, to his dishonor.
Piers left his monie behind, and made relation of all things to his maister: which al|though that he had not his will, yet he much more praised the wisdome and policie of the lord Hastings, than of the other pensionaries, cõmanding him year|lie to be paied, without anie discharge demanding.]

Compare 1577 edition: 1 When the king of England had receiued his mo|nie, [...]. Edward returneth in|to England. Edw. Hall fol. Ccxxxvj. and his nobili [...]ie their rewards, he trussed vp his tents, laded his baggage, and departed towards Calis. [But yer he came there, he remembring the craftie dissimulation, and the vntrue dealing of Lewes earle of saint Paule, high constable of France, intending to declare him to the French king in his verie true likenesse and portrature, sent vnto him two letters of credence, written by the said constable, with the true report of all such words and messages as had béene to him sent, and declared by the said constable and his ambassadours. Which let|ters the French king gladlie receiued, and thanke|fullie accepted, as the cheefe instrument to bring the constable to his death: which he escaped no long sea|son after, such is the end of dissemblers.] When king Edward was come to Calis, and had set all things in an order, he tooke ship, and sailed with a prosperous wind into England, and was roiallie receiued vpon Blackheath by the maior of London and the magi|strates, and fiue hundred commoners apparrelled in murrie, the eight and twentith daie of September, and so conueied through the citie of Westminster, where for a while (after his long labour) he reposed himselfe [euerie daie almost talking with the queene his wife of the marriage of his daughter, Edw. Hall fol. Ccxxxvj. whome he caused to be called Dolphinesse: thinking nothing surer than that marriage to take effect, according to the treatie. The hope of which marriage caused him to dissemble, and doo things which afterward chanced greatlie to the French kings profit, & smallie to his.]

Compare 1577 edition: 1 About the same season, the French king, to com|passe his purpose for the getting of the constable into his hands, tooke truce with the duke of Burgognie for nine yeares, as a contractor in the league, and not comprehended as an other princes alie. The king of England aduertised hereof,Sir Thomas Mõtgomerie. sent ouer sir Thomas Montgomerie to the French king, offering to passe the seas againe the next summer in his aid, to make warres on the duke Burgognie; so that the French king should paie to him fiftie thousand crownes for the losse which he should susteine in his custome, by reason that the woolles at Calis (bicause of the warres) could haue no vent, and also paie halfe the charges and halfe the wages of his souldiers and men of warre. The French king thanked the king of England for his gentle offer, but he alledged that the truce was alreadie concluded, so that he could not then attempt anie thing against the same without reproch to his honour.

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