On Leatherworkers

And yet I must needes confesse, there is great abuse in the tanners, makers, curriers, and dressers of the same: for you shall have some leather scarcely halfe tanned, so that within two or three daies or a week wearing (especially if it come in any weat) wil straight-way become browne as a hare backe, and which is more, sleete and run abroad like a dishclout, and which is most of all, will holde out no water, or very little. And the saying is that to the ende they may save lyme and barke, and make the speedier returne of their mony, they will take up their hides before they bee halfe tanned, and make sale of them. And as herein they are faultie and much to be blamed, so in the surprising of their hides, they are worthie of reprehension. For that which they buy for ten shillings, they will hardly sell for twentie shillings; that which they buy for twentie shillings they will not willingly sell for fortie shillings. And thus by this meanes, they make shooes unreasonable deere.

Citation Type  Prose
Citation Year 1583