On Clothing Brokers

They will refuse nothing, whatsoever it be, nor whom-soever bringeth it, though they be never to suspitious, no, although it be as cleere as the day, that it hath beene purloined by sinister means from one or other. And can you blame them. For why? They have it for halfe it is woorth.

But especially they buy remnants of silks, velvet, satins, damasks, grograins, taffeties, lace, either of silke, gold, silver, or any thing else that is worth ought. Othersome buy cloakes, hosen, dublets, hats, caps, coates, stockings and the like. And these goodly marchandize, as they have them good cheape, so they will sel them againe to their no small gaines.

This maketh many a tailer to aske more cloth, more silk, velvet & lace, than he nedeth, & all to the ende the broker may have his share; for, be they never so litle scraps or threds or short ends of lace, or smal peces of velvet, satan, silk or the like, the broker will give money for them, with a wet finger. This maketh many servants to pilfer, filch, & purloin from their masters, some a yard or two of velvet, satin, taffety, lace, silk & what not, some hats, cots, cloks, & the like, & some one thing, some another: this hindereth the merchant man, is discomodious to the tailer, & beneficial unto none, but to themselves.

Citation Type  Prose
Citation Year 1583