The Brooke House Papers
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The Act directs Brooke House to the inspecting and examining former accounts for the better discovering of frauds, abuse, defaults, etc., of which this of giving more for goods than they are worth cannot be thought the least if true. If then the books of former accounts be examined, our prices will not be found to exceed, but, in goods of greatest consideration, too short of the prices given in the late times. All that Brooke House offered in opposition hereto was observing the date of earliest of these our complaints, and the showing instances of our height of prices before those complaints, and quoting the prices given by private merchants at that time for those goods. To their objecting the great charge the King was at in convoy to fetch the masts home, King himself answered that the convoy was not sent only for his goods, but to answer also the importunities of his merchants to bring home theirs.