Grant of a License to Evade Tolls, 1248
The collection of tolls was farmed out at market places on some occasions, and the
farmers of the impost could issue licenses of evasion.
June 19th. We, Gaubert Puybressen and John Delorme, money-changers, citizens of
Marseilles, with the authority given to us by the council of the city of Marseilles for
levying the market tax on all men of Savonne, for ourselves and our associates, give
license and full liberty to you, John Banous of Savonne, to come with confidence and
security to Marseilles, with all your goods and with those of another, whatever you wish,
free and quit of the said tax granted and conceded to us, but paying nevertheless two
denarii for each pound of the said goods from now to the feast of St. Michael next coming,
and, from the said feast, for one full and complete year.
Done at Marseilles, near the tables of the money-changers.
L. Blancard, ed., Documents Inédits sur le Commerce de Marseille au Moyen Age,
(Marseilles: Barlatier-Feissat, Pere et Fils, 1884), Vol. II, p. 245; reprinted in Roy C.
Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, 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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