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By Alison Hanham

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From the beginning of his profession as a tender woolmerchant, approximately 1473, George Cely used to be a hoarder. He stored every little thing, from vital enterprise debts all the way down to the scrap of paper on which his father had as soon as famous that the brewer and tailor hadn't been paid but. the result's a wealthy assortment, which now not in basic terms records the Cely family's actions as staplers and ship-owners, but additionally supplies shiny info in their intimate issues: what they ate and wore, the place they lived, how they spent their funds - and the place they went for loans whilst the money ran brief - how they amused themselves, and the way they coped with exchange recessions and political turmoil at domestic and out of the country. this can be the 1st finished research to be according to the cloth.

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L. 40. L. 169. File 11 fos. 1-7V. 10 'Japes and sad matters'" 33 lid and a night-cap \%d. Nelkin (Daniel) was paid 105 'for making of 3 tippets and 2 pouches and 2 stomachers and a hatband and 2 points'. In addition there were rings and an agnus dei of gold and ' pautenarys' of silver, presumably meaning the metal frames for purses. At the Sinxen (Whitsun) mart at Antwerp in 1476 George bought, among other things, another hatband, which cost a whole 55, a hoop ring for 205, more hose and a dagger for 35 4J.

L. 117. The Cely family 17 mart, less money could be lent there to English merchants who would repay in London, and to meet his own commitments in England, Richard might have to borrow for future repayment in Bruges or Antwerp or Bergen-op-Zoom. 'In good faith', he wrote in 1478, 'for lack of money I forgo many good bargains of fell, for the which I am right sorry. '61 There was always the further risk that customers or borrowers might fail to pay up on time, and even that a consignment of wool might be lost through shipwreck or piracy.

That Richard was the elder of the two is clear from his position as his father's chief executor and from the inheritance pattern of his parents' properties. It could not be guessed from the brothers' own correspondence, which was carried on in terms of complete equality. They also shared equally in the partnership which they began in 1476,1 and carried on until George's death in June 1489. But most of the extant letters from Richard to George were written between 1476 and 1482, because after the death of their father both brothers lived for most of the time in London or close to each other in Essex, and the correspondence then comes from William Cely, managing the Calais end of the business.

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