Chronicon Preciosum; Or, An Account of English Gold and Silver Money; the Price of Corn and Other Commodities; and of Stipends, Salaries, Wages, Jointures, Portions, Day-labour, &c. in England, for Six Hundred Years Last Past: Shewing from the Decrease of the Value of Money, and from the Increase in the Value of Corn and Other Commodities, &c. ...

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T. Osborne, 1745 - Coinage - 177 pages
 

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Page 94 - It was this year enacted that butchers should sell their beef and mutton by weight — beef for a halfpenny the pound, and mutton for three farthings ; which, being devised for the great commodity of the realm, as it was thought, hath proved far otherwise, for at that time fat oxen were sold for...
Page 94 - The butchers of London sold penny pieces of beef for the relief of the poor, every piece two pounds and a half, sometimes three pounds for a penny, and thirteen, and sometimes fourteen, of these pieces for twelvepence ; mutton eightpence the quarter ; and a hundredweight of beef for four shillings and eightpence.
Page 144 - Eliz. whereby it was provided, that a third part of the rent upon leases made by colleges, should be reserved in corn, payable either in kind or money, after the rate of the best prices in Oxford or Cambridge markets, on the next market day before Michaelmas and Lady -day.
Page 136 - ... quantity of corn, meat, drink, or cloth, nowadays. To this end, you must neither take a very dear year, to your prejudice, nor a very cheap one, in your own favour, nor indeed any single year, to be your rule ; but you must take the price of every particular commodity, for as many years as you can (20, if you have them) and put them all together ; and then find out the common price ; and afterwards take the same course with the price of things, for these last 20 years ; and see what proportion...
Page 49 - H.VI. days would purchase 5 Quarters of Wheat, 4 Hogsheads of Beer and 6 Yards of Cloth he who then had 5 in his pocket was full as rich a man as he who has now 20 if with that 20 he can purchase no more Wheat, Beer, or Cloth than the other [as quoted by Keynes 1930, p.
Page 142 - ... although for the present it may seem a tempting bargain, and a profitable exchange, and rid you of some trouble. You know not what time may bring forth, nor what great alterations may happen, nor what great mischiefs you, unwittingly, may do your successors.
Page 72 - ... parliaments cannot remedy,) and so the king was fain to revoke the former act, and leave people to sell as they could ; (for a trade will do as it can, and never be forced, one way or other...
Page 72 - But, notwithstanding this act of parliament, things could not be purchased at these rates, for people would not bring them to market, (and that is a thing...
Page 45 - Reign, to have remedied the greateft Abufe of Money, that was ever known in England, at a Time of the greateft Danger and Expence, with very little Grievance of the People. But...
Page 33 - French coin of the value of i8d. and he does not know but they might have gone for as much in England. He says it was brass, and covered over with silver, and went in H. VHIth's time for I2d. but i E. VI. it was brought down to yd. and then to (>d. which name it still retains.

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