Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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INTRODUCTION.
we will cite several Robin Hoods in the reign of the Edwards.
28th Ed. I. Robert Hood, a citizen of London, says Mr. Hunter, supplied the king's household with beer.
30th Ed. I. Robert Hood is sued for three acres of pasture land in Throckley, Northumber­land. {Rot. Orig. Abbrev.)
7th Ed. II. Robert Hood is surety for a burgess returned for Lostwithiel, Cornwall. (Par­liamentary Writs.)
9th Ed. II. Robert Hood is a citizen of Wake­field, Yorkshire, whom Mr. Hunter (p. 47) " may be justly charged with carrying supposition too far " by striving to identify with Robin the porter.
10th Ed. III. A Robert Hood, of Howden, York, is mentioned in the Calendarium Rot. Patent.
Adding the Robin Hood of the 17 th Ed. II. we have six persons of that name mentioned within a period of less than forty years, and this circumstance does not dispose us to receive with great favor any argument that may be founded upon one individual case of its occurrence. But there is no end to the absurdities which flow from this supposition. "We are to believe that the weak and timid prince that had severely punished his kinsman and his nobles, freely pardoned a yeoman, who, after serving with the rebels, had for twenty months made free with the king's deer







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