- Middle English tarien, taryen ("to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay"), from Old English tirgan, tergan, tirian ("to worry, exasperate"). (Wiktionary)
“For example, the choice of the word "tarre" at 105.28: 8 evinces artistry of the highest order.”
“The Russians do spin and hachell it, and the English tarre it in threed and lay the cable.”
“And farther they desire that you will prouide for as much tarre as you may, for heere wee haue small store, but when the time commeth that it shoulde be made, I will prouide as much as I can here, that it may bee sent downe when the Nasade commeth.”
“I thinke they will not tarre before they come there.”
“They doe pray that it may bee made sixteene foote broade, and one hundred and eightie fathoms long: and that in the midde way twentie foote from the pale towarde the water side there may be a house made to tarre in, standing alone by it selfe for danger of fire.”
“There are spent aboue fiftie barrels of tarre alreadie: you shall vnderstand that these eight workemen will spinne and lay aboue fourescore and tenne thousand pound of hempe, so it bee dressed readie to their hands, hauing two to turne the wheeles, and two to winde vp.”
“There is also not far from Shamaky, a thing like vnto tarre, and issueth out of the ground, 241 whereof we haue made the proofe, that in our ships it serueth well in the stead of tarre.”
“Whom we wil you set to work with al expedition in making of cables and ropes of al sorts, from the smallest rope to xii. inches: And that such tarre and hempe as is already brought to the water side, they may there make it out, and after that you settle their worke in Vologhda or”
“All this way along they make much tarre, pitch and ashes of Aspen trees.”
“And whereas you have provided tarre, and as we suppose, some hempe ready bought, our aduise is, that in no wise you send any of them hither vnwrought, because our fraight is 4. li a tunne or little lesse which is so deare as it would not beare the charges: and therefore we haue sent you 7. ropemakers, as by the copies of their covenants here inclosed shall appeare.”
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