Increases in prices of foreign commodities

Commodities it is to bee prooucd by diuers ancient Merchants bookes that within the age of a man or seuentie yeares, the price of forraine Commodities with vs is farremore risen than the price of our home Commodities, which by way of Antithesis is worthy the obseruation.

Redding colour and othermingled colour Clothes did cost 9 li the Cloth then, when Blacke Veluets were sold at 10 shillings the yeard, and now the said fort of Clothes are sold but for 11 li and 12 li the Cloth and Veluets at 26 shillings the yeard.

Packe Clothes white, at fiftie pound the packe of tenne pieces, Cramosin Veluets at 12 shillings the yeard. And now Packe Clothes of the same marke at ninetie pound, and a hundreth pound and Cramosin Veluets at thirtie shillings the yeard.

Wooll the Todd of 28 li weight, at 12 shillings, Blacke Satine at 5 shillings the yeard; Wooll now aboue 20 shillings, or thereabouts, and Satine 15 shillings.

Calfe skins the dozen 5 s; Fustians the Bale of 40 1/2 pieccs at 12 li the Bale; Calfe skins now at 10 s, and Fustians 36 pounds, and Millaine Fustians at 18 and 20 shillings the piece, now at 3 li and aboue.

Sayes of Norwich at 20 s the piece and vpwards: Messina silke 8 s the pound: Sayes are about 40 s, and Messina and the like silke aboue twentie six shillings.

Northerne Carfeyes then 18 s, Spanish Soape 20 s, now 50 s, and Carfeyes 22 s.

Seuill Oyle, the Tunne 12 li, now 35 li, and many times aboue fortie pound.

French Wine at 5 li the Tunne, now 20 li or thereabouts: Long Proines 5 s, now 15 and 16; Sugar 6 pence the pound, now 14 and 16 pence.

Malmeseyes 5 li the Butt, now 18 and 20 li; Cotton Wool 4 d. now 15 d and diuers other commodities accordingly.

So that an angel would haue bought one yeard of Veluets, now three Angels or pieces of gold can be exported for the same. Ten Angels would haue bought a Tun of Claret Wine in England, which is now sold for aboue twentiepound and twentie foure pound.

Besides that, our Cloth is better made than in those dayes, albeit not so good as it might be made; victuall and wages are deerer, and Woad, Mather, Oyle and colours are extreamly risen.

A Merchant might haue sent or carried with him one packe of Clothes, white, broad, or narrow lists, and brought in returne one Chest containing nine or tenne pieces of Veluets: whereas now he cannot bring aboue three or foure pieces in returne thereof. For a Redding Cloth sold beyond the Seas hee might haue returned one Bale of Fustians, whereas now for the value of one Bale of Fustians sold in England a Merchant must buy and export three Clothes.

A London mingled colour cloth, would haue bought at Lisborne two chests of Sugar; j now one chest of Sugar will draw two Clothes out of the Realme: So a Kentisti Cloth would haue bought at Seuill a Tunne of Oyle and more; now one Tunne of Oyle doth counteruaile three Clothes and more, and other commodities accordingly, giuing (as it were) three to one in specie for foreine commodities.

Citation Type  Statute/Legal Document
Page/Folio No. 87
Citation Year 1629