Accounts paid 19 February 1679 for expenditure on ‘treating’ voters in Wrexham (£. s. d.)
To Mr John Randle at the Red Lyon ………….. £2
To Rees ap David’s widow for a small barrel of ale drunk in the street ………… 15s
At Edward Owen’s (ale)house ……….. 16s
At David Cadwallader’s house ………… £5 8s
At the Red Lyon ………… £3 8s
At Mrs Chritchley at the Blacke Boy whereof one barrel was brought to the street ……….. £2 8s
To Mrs Perry for 43 gentlemen at dinner £4 6s, 136 servants £5 6s 0d, wine £12 17s 10d, beer and tobacco £9 19s 2d, and for all the horse 6s 6d …………. £32 15s 6d
At Mr Glegg’s house for gentlemen at dinner and supper £6 4s 1d and their servants, for beer and tobacco £9 19s 5d, for their horses 35s ………….. £17 18s 6d
Treating: Regaling, feasting, entertaining; spec. the action of providing a person (wholly or partly at one’s own expense) with food or drink at a parliamentary or other election in order to obtain (or in return for) his vote; bribery or corruption by feasting (illegal in Great Britain since 1854 by 17 & 18 Vict. c. 102, §4).
As an extremely rough guide, £1 in 1680 is estimated to be worth about £100 today (check this calculator). (Oh, and there were 20 shillings to an old pound, and 12 old pence (d) to a shilling; total 240d in a £.) Currency, coinage and cost of living in London, 1674-1834 gives quite a lot of information on wages, prices, etc in the eighteenth century. Current value of old money has masses of links to this kind of information.