DCD Misc. Ch. 4033.

Receipt for deposited cash, 1268/9

Despite their somewhat ephemeral significance numerous receipts are preserved in the monastic archive. They all follow the physical form of a writ, with the seal or seals on a tongue or tongues cut from the foot, but, although this was an intrinsecally vulnerable form, by comparison with putting the seal on a tag through a turn-up for documents of permanent significance, it proved remarkably durable when small seals were involved, since they could be tucked snugly inside the folded document and held there firmly with the tie wrapped around, see Misc. Ch. 4130 "dorse". Here significantly it is the larger archdeacon's seal that has perished.
Although this example is much longer than most, its forms are typical. Luca, Citizen and Merchant of Lucca, proctor and nuncio of Cardinal Ottobuono, papal legate, notifies having received from the subprior of Durham 700 marks sterling (£466 13s. 4d.) by the bishops of Dunkeld and Dunblane deposited in the monastery and to be assigned to the legate for the procurations of the second year of his legation for the kingdom of Scotland, which he has taken by his lord's special mandate. 'De quibus septingentis Marcis eidem Suppriori alias litteras refutacionis tradidi dictis dominis Episcopis destindandas.' [view] The standard sealing clause ('In cuius rei testimonium presentibus litterris sigillum meum apposui' [view]) is followed by a clause recording that at Luca's instance the archdeacon of Durham has been been led to the affixing of his seal, but this omits the usual explanation in such circumstances, that this had been done because the principal's was or might be unknown, possibly to preserve Luke's sensitivities.
The procurations collected in Ottobuono's name generated considerable hostility, see W. E. Lunt, Financial Relations of the Papacy with England to 1327 (1939), pp. 550-51.