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A Promissory Note Secured By Collateral, 1200

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen. In the year of the Incarnation 1199, on the fifteenth day of February. Let it be clear to all reading or hearing these presents that we, Bartholomew Mazellier, of Marseilles, and Peter Vital, by common consent, have jointly accepted in the city of Messina from you, Stephen de Manduel and William Benlivenga 1,600 tarins of gold (Messina weight) weighing fifty-three and a third ounces, at the risk of God and the sea; for which, by a secure contract, we agree to give you in Provence fifty-five solidi in royal crowns of Marseilles for each ounce, i.e., the sum of ,146.13s.3d. We owe this money and we are bound to return it to you, peacefully and without molestation, up to one month after the ship in which we sail shall have arrived at Marseilles, or other port of safety in Provence, for discharging its cargo; and for your greater security we have pledged to you 141 pigs which we jointly own on that same ship. Moreover, I, Peter Vital, put in pledge with you four sacci of gall-nuts of my own, being two quintaria of Acre less twenty-seven rotae, and six bundles of licorice wood, being three quintaria of Acre less one third. I, Bartholomew, add as my own pledge five bundles of soft leather, namely 324 skins, and nine bundles of licorice wood, being six quintaria of Acre less eighteen rotae; but if those pledges are worth more than the debt to you, it will be to our credit, the rest to yours. At that time, I, the said Bartholomew, have taken by agreement from you, Stephen de Manduel, eight ounces of gold, half of which belongs to Hugh Vivaldi, for which I ought to pay to you in Provence twenty-two pounds of the said money, for which I put twenty-five pigs in pledge with you and one quintarium of licorice wood and eighteen rotae by the weight of Acre. If the money is in small coins or debased lawfully in weight, we ought to pay you a mark of fine silver for fifty-seven solidi until the whole debt is paid. We expect those things of you, just as they have been written, without fraud or trickery, on the safe arrival of the ship or of the greater part of the goods of the ship. This was done at Messina, in the month and year stated, in the presence of these witnesses: Hugh Aldoard, etc.


From: L. Blancard, ed, Documents Inédits sur le Commerse de Marseille au Moyen Age, (Marseilles: Barlatier-Feissat, Pere et Fils, 1884), Vol. 1, p. 3, reprinted in Roy C. Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), pp. 105-106.

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