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XVI
INTRODUCTION.
to show that it contains a substratum of fact. Edward the First, he informs us, was never in Lancashire after he became king, and if Edward the Third was ever there at all, it was not in the early years of his reign. But Edward the Sec­ond did make one single progress in Lancashire, and this in the year 1323. During this pro­gress the king spent some time at Nottingham, and took particular note of the condition of his forests, and among these of the forest of Sher­wood. Supposing now that the incidents detailed in the hyteU Geste really took place at this time, Robin Hood must have entered into the royal ser­vice before the end of the year 1323. It is a sin­gular, and in the opinion of Mr. Hunter a very pregnant coincidence, that, in certain Exchequer documents containing accounts of expenses in the king's household, the name of Robyn Hode (or Robert Hood) is found several times, beginning with the 24th of March, 1324, among the "por­ters of the chamber " of the king. He received, with Simon Hood and others, the wages of three pence a day. In August of the following year Robin Hood suffers deduction from his pay for non-attendance, his absences grow frequent, and, on the 22d of November, he is discharged with a present of five shillings, "poar cas qil ne poait pluis travailler.1
It remains still for Mr. Hunter to account for the l Hunter, p. 28, p. 35-38.







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