Bill of Sale, 1248
This document is an example of a bill of sale where the cooper is selling to certain
partners a number of empty barrels, presumably for the wine trade.
April twenty-seventh in the year of the Incarnation of the Lord 1248.
I, Raymond Maurel, cooper, sell to you, Andrew Bourguignon and Thomas Duport, son of
Hugh Duport, purchasing and agreeing on your own behalf and for your partners in the ship
called The Saint-Mandrier one thousand to thirteen hundred barrels of oak at a
price of two solidi in royal crowns or Vienne currency for each millerole. Of this price I
confess that I have had twenty pounds in royal crowns from you, renouncing, etc.
And I promise that those barrels will be transferred to you, fitted and strengthened
with four hoops of oak to each barrel at least, whenever it shall please you, between now
and the month of August next coming.
From: L. Blancard, ed., Documents Inédits sur le Commerce de Marseille au Moyen Age,
(Marseilles: Barlatier-Feissat, Pere et Fils, 1884), Vol. II, p. 116; reprinted in Roy C.
Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, eds., A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (Milwaukee:
The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), p. 160.
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