On Cloothmakers

For some [Clothmakers] put in naughty wool, and cause it to be spun and drawne into a very small thred, and then compounding with the Fuller to thicke it very much, and with the Clothier also to sheare it very lowe, and with some liquide matter to lay downe the wooll so close, as you can hardly see any wale, and then selleth it as though it were a very fine cloth indeed. Other some mixe good wooll and naughty wooll togither, and using it as before, they will sell it for principall good cloth, when it is no thing lesse. And then for their further advantage, every vaine, every joint, and every thred must be so tentered and racked, as I warrant it for ever being good after. Now, it being thus tentered at his hands, and after at the Drapers handes, I pray you how should this cloth be ought, or endure long?

Citation Type  Prose
Citation Year 1583