Regarding merchants

It would likewise be considered how the merchant estate might be enforced to continue their trade of merchandise and not be suffered to quit the same and turn usurers when they have acquired some wealth, for then is the time when in reason they ought to continue their trafficking as having acquired means to maintain the same, so as if a small loss should happen they are able to recover the same, where a poor beginner would be quite undone if such a loss should befall to him, besides the many years which must be bestowed in attaining to such wealth.

  1. NAS, PC1/31, f.71r.