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The Corsini Letters.

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... load, and I shal carry out your order, and there shall be no default in this.

As for hides, by the good information that I have, I tell you Sir that there are hides from Poland with the hair on, dried, and with the hair off for soles, dry and well prepared; there are large, medium, assorted and small, and this is in quantity. They cost, for with the hair still on, 45 groschen apiece, and the large ones from Prussia at 56 or 60 groschen apiece, and for shoes, dry, at 6, 7, 8 thalers apiece or 6 groschen a pound, and 35 groschen are a thaler.
So please advice me afterwards of the kind that you want, with or without the hair on, dry or salted, and I shall then carry out the order, and to make no mistake I tell you this so as to serve you well the first time on notification. There is time to give instructions for everything, since it is still winter here with the waters frozen, even the sea, and it may well be the first of April before ships can sail here, so that you have plenty of timme for everything.

I note the consignment and taking in exchange, which is well. You may command me, and I shall always be ready, asking our Lord that he may be with you all.

Your servant - - - - Antonio Lopez Serano

from Danzig - dated 16 February 1587.

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