A General History And Collection Of Voyages And Travels - Volume 8 - By Robert Kerr












































 -  They bring likewise coarse porcelain,
drugs, and various other commodities; but as these are not suitable to
our country, I - Page 300
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They Bring Likewise Coarse Porcelain, Drugs, And Various Other Commodities; But As These Are Not Suitable To Our Country, I Omit To Mention Them, But The Following May Be Enumerated:

Very good and white benjamins, from 30 to 35 dollars the pekul; alum, from China, as good as English,

2-1/2 dollars the pekul. Coromandel cloths are a principal commodity here, and those most vendible are goobares; pintadoes or chintz, of four or five colours; fine tappies from St Thomas; ballachos; Java girdles, otherwise called caine-goolong; calico lawns; book calicos; and white calicos made up in rolls.[147] A goobar is double, and contains 12 yards, or 6 hastaes single; coarse and fine ballachos contain from 32 to 34 hastaes, but the finest are always longest. In general, all sorts of cotton cloths that are broad and of good length are here in good request.

[Footnote 147: Probably turbans. - E.]

The king's custom, called chuckey, is 8 bags on the 100, rating pepper always at 4 dollars the sack, whatever be its price. Billa-billian is another custom of this port, by which every ship that arrives here, whatever be its lading, as cloth or the like, must in the first place give notice to the king of all the sorts and quantities of commodities, with their several prices, before landing any of them; upon which the king sends his officers to look at the goods, who take for him such goods as he inclines, at half the prices affixed to them, or somewhat more, as can be agreed upon:

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