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D 118 J contributing to the ease and happiness of her country. John had left in England two of his sons as hostages for the payment of his ransom. One of them, tired of his confinement, escaped to France. His father, more generous, proposed instantly to take his place; and when the principal officers of his court remonstrated against the measure, he said, I myself was permitted to come out of the prison in which my son was confined, in consequence of the treaty which he has violated by his flight. I consider myself therefore no longer free; I fly to my prison; I am engaged to do so by my word; and if honor were banished from all the world, it should find an asylum in the breast of a king. The magnanimous John accordingly proceeded to England, and became a second time a prisoner in the Tower of London, where he died in 1384, h END OF PART I.