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h e h as al so had h is. Sha re. in the 1 ate Turkijh War: In his Travels to Italy, he made a Campaign on. the Galleys of Mftlt*.t and is honoured with a Cross of that Order., He is the politest Man in the Country, and most improved by his Travels,; is magnificent in his Equipage and way of Life, extremely beloved by the Soldiers, and almost adored by the People; he enjoys a vigorous Age at sixty and odd, has Goodnature, Honour, and as much personal Valour as any Mas, but not Experience enough to act against an Army of regular Troops; he often suffers under the Favorite's Persecution, and has more than once desired Leave to lay down his Command, but has always been refused. . - -v
These are several other. Ministers who come into the privy Council, but as they confine themselves to the domeftick Affairs, and have no remarkable Degree of Favour, -or Influence in Matters of State, I shall not trouble you with their Names or Employments, bufij^roceed to seme /small Account •of^he • ••* C^^i&es,''. 'a»w3wi•'• ■'
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The Commerce Coin of. Muscovy is a small Piece
An''muidfed' Rubles weighed twelve 'Poui«N& Bastlowitz's Time, 'whft reigr/etf from j to 1584, and were kept up to eleven Pounds till the Pei^n of his present Majesty, but since the War, and growing Necessities of the Treasury, have^eehieduccd by Degrees to six Pounds twelve Ounces and three Quarters, Engli/h Weight. An hundred Rubles of old Copecks weighing ten Pounds, "are rreceived:lrf the Treasury, at an Allowance of fifteen per cent, and are there melted down into new Copeeks. \ns ^otCI sioditoUsL wsTsiosni if b'jJ-ioqrru^i-bloO sdT "tehiS.
The Standard stiould be of the fame Goodness" with Lyon Dollars, viz. twelve Ounces fine" silver,
Standard. ?n$j^-&unces Alloy to the Pound Weight,
but most .that is carried into the Mint is not above ten Ounces fine'&lver, arid being seldom tryed'when melted, their Coins are of different Value, as the Run happens to be good or bad, Plate, "Dollars,
s 'and and old Copeeks being all melted together, with an
r' much on Trade, that it will be nepeflary to make some1 Mention of the chief Branches in this Placed' ud »v
The Goods chiefly imported from England are. all j r t (. Sorts of Woolen Manufactures, Lead, imputations. <j*-^ Dying-Woods, Indigo, Pewter, Oiibanum, Brimstone, Lignum-vitae: The Hollanders and ftnmhutrtrh^t ^~r.A-
^ferr, besides these, bring Wines, , Glass-ware, Spices, Dollars, Plate, Gold and Silver Lace, Brocades, Silesia Cloth, and air-Sorts of'Gallanteries.
The export chiefly, Hemp, Flax, Train
Gir, Linen, Pot-Ash, Rhubarb, Isin
viar j the two last to Leghome. The Hollanders and Hamburghers carry out farther, Wood-Ash, Masts, Hydes dried and salted, Tallow, Sables, He Seed, Mats', aud Hogs-Bristles.
Measures of Oil; the Skins and Oil are sent to England. Afer/es, or Sea-Horses, from Noya-Zemb!ar used to load thirty Boats a Year with Blubber, the Teeih are esteemed next to Ivory, but the Trade being monopolized by a Company decays dairy. Cod and Stock-Fish, about three Ships lading Yearly to Denmark; Salmon salted and dried, a Ship's Loading to Biliea; these with the Cod are taken in the North-Sea, about Kitduyn and Cola; but the Ships bring Salt from St. Vbes.
"Tr^YoTeign Merchants are obliged to pay their Castorm .fa DoHars, Specie, at Archangels which are only reckoned at the ancient Value Cu^'m'' of firryCopeeks when received into the Treasury, and th&OT b^ Weight, fourteen to the Pound, which, fclAJrn1 hoiking, it cornes from fourteen, and a QuaTtef to" three Quarters. Foreigners pay five p*n cent, for all Goods bought and fold by Weight, and four per cent, for those Tale or Measure j they only pay single Duties ei le'r for their Exportation or Imporritforfs," whichsoever mount highest at the Ena^of "Ate Trade' 'Timej Goods sent us by Fctr., retgners to Mtfcoi or any* inland Towns pay ten per. f/rf.'itt"t)oHars, and six. per cent. y/ha;e theyhuyoor sert'iH'•lfe/}tlvfojiey: Thc.Jlujtans pay five.per cent. where they sell or bu>k in the Country, and five per cent, at Archangel. Wine pays a particular Custom of fiW&afiors an Hogshead.