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The 23th of June 1658.

Examined upon the libell.

Benjamin Ballenger against)
k[?a]te and others)

Clark dt. .1.us

Robert Archer of the parish of Saint Olaves
Jury London, Grocer, aged 45 yeares or thereabouts
sworne and examined.

To the fifth article of the said libell hee saith and deposeth
that the hogs heads of sugars brought from the Barbada's
in the later end of the yeare 1656 did usually weigh and
containe one with another about foure hundred and a quarterne weight
net sugar, and about five hundred weight grosse that is to say
the hogshead and sugar together. And further saith that every
hundred weight of Barbadas sugars going under the name
of Muscavado's, unpurged and before excise payd thereof
were in the monethes of Aprill and May 1657 worth to be sold in
London thirtie seaven shillings per hundred or thereabouts.
one hundred with another, which hee knoweth being a Grocer
by trade, and now trading cheifly in sugars in London, and
having soe donne for theise ten yeares last or thereabouts,
and having perused his bookes touching the prices and
weight of the foresaid sugars in the times aforesaid. And
further hee deposeth not.

Upon the rest not examined by direction of the producent.

Robert Archer/ [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]


The same day.

Examined upon the fore said Libell.

dt. 2

William East of the parish of Saint Peters
Cornehill London Merchant Tailor, aged 43
yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined.

To the fifth article of the said libell hee saith that hee
is a Grocer by trade, and dealeth by wholesale in sugars
and keepeth a sugar merchant[?s], and hath dealt in greate
quantities of Barbadas sugars in the time arlate, and thereby
well knoweth that hogsheads of Barbadas sugars brought to
this port in or about the end of the yeare 1656 usually
weighed and made out one with another foure hundred and
a quartene weight (or thereabouts) of sugar net, and about
five hundred weight grosse that is to say sugar and hogsheads
together. And saith that every hundred weight of Barbada's
Muscacada's sugars in the monethes of Aprill and
May 1657 were here in London worth to be sold seaven and
thirtie shillings per hundred one with another, which hee
alsoe knoweth for that hee hath perused his bookes touching
the weight and prices of Barbadas sugars for those times.

Repeated with his precontest before
Collonel Cock.




Robert Archer

Latham and Mathews mention a Robert Archer, citizen and grocer of Old Jewry, whose name occurs in a will of 1659. They state that this Robert Archer was possibly the uncle of Betty Archer, admired by Pepys as an undergraduate, and of Mary Archer, who married to Clement Sankey, an ex-Fellow of Magdalene in 1669[1]

William East


Primary sources



C 5/475/15 Short title: East v Barnardiston. Plaintiffs: William East. Defendants: Giles Barnardiston. Subject: money matters, Middlesex. Document type: Bill, answer, schedule. 1657

  1. Robert Latham and William Mathews (eds.), The diary of Samuel Pepys, X - Companion, p.10, viewed 05/01/14