The Dawn of Modern Civilization

The Dawn of Modern Civilization

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...permanently to reside in this country, except by special license, until the year 1303; and the license then given was accompanied by a number of restrictions, which must have proved most vexatious. The merchant from other countries was to sell only by wholesale, and to be answerable for the debts and offences of the rest of his resident countrymen. Afterwards D certain measures were appointed for foreign cloths, and such as did not correspond with the standard of the king's aulnager, were forfeited to the crown. In the fifteenth century a law was passed prohibiting an Englishman from selling any articles to a foreigner, except for ready money; and certain foreign goods were altogether excluded. In connexion with all this, repeated prohibitions occur of the exportation of money and bullion--an enactment proceeding on the prejudice, which is not yet eradicated, that gold and silver, mere metal, constitute the wealth of a country. Regulations respecting the staple, or market for wool, which was confined to certain places, either in England or the continent, were very frequent and variable, especially in the fourteenth century, the general object of which regulations was to secure the payment of the duties on the export of wool: though their particular drift is not easily comprehended; since many of them, as Mr. Hallam remarks, tend to benefit foreign at the expense of English merchants. It is curious to observe how perfectly ineffectual were these laws. In spite of all the embargoes laid on the exportation of money, a commercial writer, of the fifteenth century, f complains that the foreigners "bear the gold out of this laud, and suck the thrift out of our hand, as the wasp sucketh honey out of the bee." And notwithstanding all the...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236964683
  • 9781236964687