A Purchase on Credit, 1248
Purchases on credit were not unusual in the thirteenth century, such arrangements
being in the nature of book credit or an advance of goods on credit to the purchaser. The
price was probably sufficiently high to cover interest charges during the two months'
June the fifth. I, Peter Roubaud the elder and I, Peter Roubaud, his son, by my
father's authority, both acknowledge and confess to you Hugh Dieudé, son of the late Hugh
Dieudé, that we have jointly bought, had, and received from you six loads of cotton less
thirty-four pounds, renouncing, etc. As the price of that cotton we owe you 106 pounds of
the mixed money now current in Marseilles which make 212 of Raymond's pounds. This 106
pounds of mixed money, twenty-six pounds per mark by weight, we promise by this agreement
to pay to you so that when one of us pays both shall be quit. Payment will be made in the
middle of August next coming, and we promise to reimburse you for all costs and expenses
incurred in the seeking of the payment of that sum after the agreed date, etc.
From: L. Blancard, ed., Documents Inédits sur le Commerce de Marseille au Moyen Age,
(Marseilles: Barlatier-Feissat, Pere et Fils, 1884), Vol. II, p. 223; 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. 180.
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