On Drapers

Of Drapers I have little to say, saving that I think them cater cosins, or cosin germans to the merchants. For after they have bought their cloth, they cause it to be tentered, racked, and so drawne out, as it shall be both broader and longer than it was when they bought it almost by halfe in halfe, or at lest by a good large sise . Now the cloth being thus stretched forth in every vaine, how is it possible either to endure or hold out; but when a shower of raine taketh it, then it falleth and shrinketh in, that it is shame to see it. Then have they their shops and places where they fell their cloth commonly very darke and obscure, of purpose to decieve the buiers. But Caveat emptor, (as the old saieng is) Let the buiers take heed. For Technas machinant, & retia tendant pedibus, as the saieng is: ' They meane deciet, and lay snares to intrap the feet of the simple.' And yet notwithstanding, they will be sure to make the price of their racked cloth, double and triple more than it cost them. And will not sticke to sweare, and take on (as the other their confraters before) that it cost them so much, and that they doe you no wrong. God give them grace to have an eie to their consciences, and to content themselves with reasonable gaines.

Citation Type  Prose
Citation Year 1583