Leave a cover letter

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Cover book of a merchant from 1908

Under cover letter Let ( can write ) or Borg purchase is meant mainly in retail an unregulated supplier credit where the seller under a goods sale to the buyer , although over the goods, without, however, train to train the full purchase price to get it.

The seller noted the amount of this supplier credit in writing in his books of account (he "wrote it down"), because he had a claim against his buyer that was associated with a credit risk . The merchants and farmers set up cover books for their regular customers in which all purchases were recorded, ie "written to" and then usually billed or paid for on a weekly or monthly basis. This close connection between goods and commercial credit was the predecessor of today's installment business . The payment was usually made at the end of the month when the wage and salary payments were received by the buyer.

A commercial credit that is still common today is the innkeeper's note of food and beverages in the pub on the beer mat , which the guest only pays at the end or also weekly or monthly.

Having a cover letter has always been the main application of the power of keys , which affects the sphere of activity of the housewife and enables her to borrow from the dealer .

Individual notes

  1. ^ Deutsche Welle, Everyday German - On Writing and Preserving
  2. ^ Otto Sandrock, Festschrift for Günther Beitzke on his 70th birthday on April 26, 1979 , 1979, p. 2013