English translation of the medieval German text


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... and he hoped that he had not been obliged to him [Fust] to use these [first] 800 florins for the work on the books. And although it was written in their agreement that he was to pay six florins interest on every hundred, Johannes Fust had promised not to demand these payments from him. Moreover, these [first] 800 guilders were not paid all together and at once as set down in the agreement, as he [Fust] claims and states in the first article of his claim, and concerning the remaining 800 guilders, he [Gutenberg] wishes to account for them. For this reason, he allows him neither interest nor compound interest [on the second 800 guilders] ...


Comment by Geldner (lines 37-47)