On this day in 1701, Maximilian Western of London sent his bill the Captain Thomas Bowrey and I should dearly love to tell you more about it but I cannot. The goods, delivered to John Packman at Woolwich, cost a total of £202/2/26 and comprised minion, falkon and falknett. Western offered a 15% discount.
I have been unable to discover what minion, falkon and falknett were, the price makes no sense and neither Western nor Packman can be found anywhere else in Bowrey’s papers. The bill does not say what type of tradesman Western was.
I am conscious that many readers of this blog will not have understood the monetary sums I have used at times and, thus, not understand why £202/2/26 makes no sense. So, with apologies for those of you who do not require a lesson in pre-decimal currency, since 15 February 1971 the United Kingdom has used decimal currency. Before then, our currency was expressed in pounds, shillings and (old) pence. There were 12 pence in a shilling and twenty shillings in a pound. 10 pounds, 9 shillings and 8 pence would have been written £10/9/8. £202/2/26 would equate to 202 pounds, 2 shillings and 26 pence. 26 pence was 2 shillings and 2 pence and the amount should have been written £202/4/2.