Acknowledgment by an Agent of an Order on Goods to be Sold in Montpellier, 1248
June tenth. In the year of the Incarnation of the Lord 1248. I, Bartholomew, son of the
late Benedict of Lucca, confess and acknowledge to you Rolland Vendemmia, of Lucca, that I
have had and received from you as an order twenty-three pounds and ten solidi (Genoese
currency), invested in armor and in prepared silk and gold wire from Lucca and in two
cross-bows, renouncing, etc.
With that order I shall go, God willing, on the next journey I make to Montpellier, by
sea or by land, for the purpose of selling the said things, with God's favor and at the
risk of the sea and to your profit. I promise by this agreement to repay you all the
capital and the profit of the said order, retaining for myself what I expend for the
transport and sale of the goods, pledging all my goods, etc.
From: L. Blancard, ed., Documents Inédits sur le Commerce de Marseille au Moyen Age,
(Marseilles: Barlatier-Feissat, Pere et Fils, 1884), Vol. II, p. 232, reprinted in Roy C.
Cave & Hebert H. Coulson, eds., A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (Milwaukee:
The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), pp.
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