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74 Chapter Two He intended

by Jose Hinojosa Montalvo
74 Chapter Two He intended to exchange the remaining money, so that he would have money once in Portugal. The baile general heard of this and sent Berenguer Bataller, court veguer, who arrested the Jews with the money, silver bracelets and other goods. A trial began for elucidation of his guilt, but Caxopino, who wished to reach a very rapid solution in order to leave, reached an agreement with the authority and decided to pay the very heavy fine of 10,000 sueldos, which included the tribute of veinte and of cuarenta or some other taxes. The initiative came from the Jew  and was very well received by the baile, who authorized him toleave. 19 What  must have been the fortune of this Jew, who in order to leaveoffered a  sume which equalled the annual salary of the governor general  in 1482, for instance, or the maestre racionáls earnings over two years? 20 Sometimes the situation of the emigrant was not very prosperous and all that he left behind him were debts. To cancel them, the expedient of selling the properties belonging to the fugitive would be resorted to. In 1485 in Morvedre three houses were sold, that belonged to Mossé Levi, minor, Regina, his wife, and Astruga, his mother- in- law, at the instance of Pedro Romeu, cloth- shearer of Onda, to whom these Jews owed 49 libras  for wheat which they had purchased and for which they had not paid. 21 The transferral of domicile to a new locality implied a series of legal procedures, the most important being the domiciliation. But firstly the emigrant had to terminate his residence in the Jewish quarter where he had been living and cancel any pending tax debt, as did Jacob Rodrich in 1435, when he ceased to be a resident of Burriana and wished to settle accounts  with the adelantados of the aljama and pay all his debts up to that date. 22 Once this requirement was fulfilled the Jew who wished to live in another aljama took up domicile there ( fa vehinatge) and undertook to have there his main residence; he was inscribed in the book of pechas and undertook to pay all those stipulated, both royal and local. Residence and payment of taxes, thus confer full rights. But the Jewish authorities were not always prepared to allow Jews of their locality to leave, since this led to a decrease in the always 19 ARV, Maestre Racional, 66, fol. 181v. See doc. 536. 20 Ma T. Pastor,  Gastos e ingresos reales en Valencia, Saitabi  18, pp. 239- 240. 21 ARV, Bailia, 1158, fol. 61v. See doc. 809. 22 ARV, Bailia, 1148, fol. 9v. See doc. 429.   Chapter Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t t

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74 Chapter Two He intended to exchange the remaining money, so that he would have money once in Portugal. The baile general heard of this and sent Berenguer Bataller, court veguer, who arrested the Jews with the money, silver bracelets and other goods. A trial began for elucidation of his guilt, but Caxopino, who wished to reach a very rapid solution in order to leave, reached an agreement with the authority and decided to pay the very heavy fine of 10,000 sueldos, which included the tribute of veinte and of cuarenta or some other taxes. The initiative came from the Jew and was very well received by the baile, who authorized him to leave. 19 What must have been the fortune of this Jew, who in order to leave offered a sume which equalled the annual salary of the governor general in 1482, for instance, or the maestre racionál's earnings over two years? 20 Sometimes the situation of the emigrant was not very prosperous and all that he left behind him were debts. To cancel them, the expedient of selling the properties belonging to the fugitive would be resorted to. In 1485 in Morvedre three houses were sold, that belonged to Mossé Levi, minor, Regina, his wife, and Astruga, his mother- in- law, at the instance of Pedro Romeu, cloth- shearer of Onda, to whom these Jews owed 49 libras for wheat which they had purchased and for which they had not paid. 21 The transferral of domicile to a new locality implied a series of legal procedures, the most important being the domiciliation. But firstly the emigrant had to terminate his residence in the Jewish quarter where he had been living and cancel any pending tax debt, as did Jacob Rodrich in 1435, when he ceased to be a resident of Burriana and wished to settle accounts with the adelantados of the aljama and pay all his debts up to that date. 22 Once this requirement was fulfilled the Jew who wished to live in another aljama took up domicile there ( fa vehinatge) and undertook to have there his main residence; he was inscribed in the book of pechas and undertook to pay all those stipulated, both royal and local. Residence and payment of taxes, thus confer full rights. But the Jewish authorities were not always prepared to allow Jews of their locality to leave, since this led to a decrease in the always 19 ARV, Maestre Racional, 66, fol. 181v. See doc. 536. 20 Ma T. Pastor, \\" Gastos e ingresos reales en Valencia\\", Saitabi 18, pp. 239- 240. 21 ARV, Bailia, 1158, fol. 61v. See doc. 809. 22 ARV, Bailia, 1148, fol. 9v. See doc. 429. << Chapter >> Home | TOC 9 | Index 9 t t t t
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