Broadcloth was incredibly expensive!
February 27, 1772 -- 4 1/2 yards superfine broadcloth 180 pounds.
February 8, 1771 -- 1/2 yard of broadcloth 30 pounds.
A comparison of labor vs materials.
"A "Sute of Clos" cost between 32-34 pounds for the making.
Mr. Gould charged 7 pounds (very consistently) to make breeches, unless they were for a "Negro", in which case the cost was 5 pounds 10 shillings. Why? A simpler garment? Possibly.
Sea Captains paid cash, and promptly as well. One could speculate that Captains were awash in funds when they hit the shops!
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