• A Shrewsbury Tradesman's Invoice

    Tailors bills of William Morris Esq., for his daughters clothing. Transcribed in Contributions to Oswestry History. Shropshire arch. and nat.hist.society. By John Askew Roberts

    From the article:
    The following letter is curious as shewing the prices of different articles used in a lady's dress at the end of the sixteenth century. It is transcribed from the original at Brogyntyn, Oswestry, and is addressed, 'To the Right worshipfull William Morris Esquire dd'r this;

    Modern English (post-1500)
    Published in 1594
    Renaissance Clothing and Textile Terms
    1500 AD - 1599 AD

Items

Sallop, thi xith of July, 1594

Worship, with my humble commendacions, beinge glad to heare of your worships helth but very sorry for the deth of that sweete youth Ellis morris, but we are to prase the Lord for all his works. Sir, your Cosygnes gowne with petikote and stomecher is redy, but because you may stay for it Lenger I would not send it by this berer for that the rest shalbe made and sent with it they wilbe the better carried. I hope you will Lyche very well of them--for the other gonnes yor measers were so ill taken that the tayler sayes he canot tell what to make of them, but we will take the best course with the advice of Elin Stanley, with such Lace as shalbe requisit--for the Clocke & saveguarde, it shalbe made redy. I will by the cloth of such Coler as the tayler shalbest advice me, & wil se it set forward agaynst the tyme of your letter for the french bodyes & furdinall sleves, I thinke there be not any in our towne so small, but if not, we will get them made so soone as I can. You shall receive a note of the parcell of the gowne and petikote which I haue delivered to the tayler for Mistris Ellin Morris gowne/videlyet

5 ell of ashcoler taffeta 13s 4d iiili vis viiid

Pounds: 3, Shillings: 6, Pence: 8
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item vi yards di of crimson durance, at 2s 8d the yard xviis iiiid

Shillings: 17, Pence: 4
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item a yard & 3 quarters of Jeyne fustian at xxiid

Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item a yard and a quarter yellow Buckeram xviiid

Pence: 18
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item a yard of red Buckeram xiiiid

Pence: 14
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item di quarter & di of ashcoler silke, to pece the taffeta gowne vid

Pence: 6
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item di yard di quarter of fustian more viiid

Pence: 8
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item in redd thrid iid

Pence: 2
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item in seawinge candles iid

Pence: 2
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item iiii yards iii quarters of greene 12d brod xd

Pence: 10
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item a skyne of greene silke & ii yardes and half of whall bon iiiid

Pence: 4
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item xii doz of sea greene bobbin Lace for the petikote at viiid

Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item di oz of segreene silke & a dram over at xvid

Pence: 16
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item in white thrid id

Pence: 1
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item xii dozen of silke and gould lace and ii yards over at 3s a doz. xxvis vid

Shillings: 26, Pence: 6
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item 1 oz of silke to sow the Lace iis

Shillings: 2
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

Item a dozen of blue Inckle to tucke the gowne vid

Pence: 6
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

iii yards & di of silke fringe for the petikote iiiis id

Shillings: 4, Pence: 1
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

iiii yards of Bobbin Lace more for the petikote vd

Pence: 5
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

More a pere of Beults & in w' Inkle iiid

Pence: 3
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

More, a french body & a fardingall with a paire of bon sleves xiiis viiid

Shillings: 13, Pence: 8
Entry Type: New Garment

More, paid for Coten as apeareth by this note xixs iid

Shillings: 19, Pence: 2
Entry Type: Fabric/Materials Purchase

I thought it good to send you a note of these things which are ready made, & you may consider of them, and also send me some money--so restinge yours in any thinge I may, John Langley

Notes:

John Langley was probably a younger son of William Langley, tailor, the grantee of the Abbey Shrewsbury in 1539 who enriched himself by despoiling it. The pedigree in Owen and Blakeway shows that there was a son John born in 1560 who was married in 1591. The father died in 1574. Mr Salisbury in his Border Counties Worthies (see Bye gones for 1874-5, page 273) gives a notice of Sir Henry Langley, fourth in descent from William the tailor, and Jonathan, fifth in descent, who was Sheriff of Shrewsbury in 1688.

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