79. Bill of exchange with endorsement on security from Antonio di Neve in Montpellier to Francesco di Marco Datini and his partners in Barcelona

Archivio di Stato di Prato: Datini
busta 1145/2, cod. 1403471
SENDER: Antonio di Neve
ADDRESSEE: Francesco di Marco Datini
PLACE OF DEPARTURE: Montpellier
PLACE OF ARRIVAL: Barcelona
GENERAL INFORMATION: Barcelona, 5 February 1410.

This bill of exchange was used to transfer money from Bartolino Bartolini in Paris (drawer/datore) through Antonio di Neve in Montpellier (drawee/prenditore) to the Datini company in Barcelona (trattario) in favour of Gherardo Cattani (payee/beneficiario) in several different types of currency (‘483 lire, 12 denari 5 “barzelonesi” per franchi 617 soldi 7 denari 8 a oro’). This document is considered to be the oldest bill of exchange with an endorsement: the payee of the bill of exchange, Gherardo Cattani, makes the endorsement in favour of Iacopo Accettanti, a merchant from Lucca, who writes in his own hand (‘Io, Gherardo Cattani, sono contento che de’ soprascritti denari ne faciate la volontà di Iacopo Aceptanti’). On the verso there is a further endorsement by Iacopo Accettanti in favour of Andrea dei Pazzi, which has been cancelled.

(Chiara Marcheschi)