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The shearmen who…agreement: The quote is from Malcolm Chase, p.
The shearmen who cut the nap of woolen cloth were “wont to go to all the vadletts within the City of the same trade, and then, by covin and conspiracy between them made, they would order that no one among them should work, or serve his own master, until the said master and his servant, or vadlett, had come to an agreement.”
There is the Goodday family of cheerful name, two of whom were shearmen, or cloth finishers, and had substantial gifts.
So by degrees there grew up a class of men who bought wool in large quantities and sold it to the weavers, and then by a natural transition began, not to sell the wool outright, but to deliver it to the weavers to weave, to the fullers to full, and to the shearmen to finish at a wage, receiving it back again when the work was done.
The preliminary processes of spinning and carding were always by-industries, performed by women and children in their cottages; but the weavers, who bought the spun yarn, had their gild; and so had the fullers, who fulled it; and the shearmen, who finished it; and the dyers who dyed it.