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29. inconsiderable; He came within Sight of the Enemy at Battle, where He Soon found His Mistake, & that William's Army greatly surpass'd His own; upon which He meditated a retreat; but opos'd by Some, & reproach'd by others, He drew out His troops the next day being the 14th. of October, & gave the Enemy Battle, rejecting the offers made Him by Duke William either to accept of near half the Kingdom, or end the dispute by Single combat; the Battle of Hastings ensu'd, wherein Harold after showing the greatest intripidity lost both His life & Crown. William march'd directly towards London, where the Citizens were for settling the Crown on Edgar Athelin; but the Earls of Mercia & Northumberland finding their own views defeated, retir'd, which Struck Such a damp in all Edgar's adherents, that every one Submitted at William's approach, & even counted Him to take the