SOME PROVISIONS FROM THE STATUTE
Mills are mentioned in several places in the Dubrovnik Statute from 1272. Thus, in one place of the Statute it states that wherever there are two mills, in summer months all the water should be drained in one stream or waterway in order to provide them with sufficient quantities of water for normal functioning.
The profit obtained from these two mills was to be shared with the owners of other mills. This was a simple and wise way to solve a problem in summer time when, due to the lack of water, all the mills could not be used for grinding.
In another place, the Statute prescribe that: "All the Dubrovnik millers are obliged to grind in their mills, collectively and without any salary, all the cereals for the Rector and his household that are delivered to their mills by his personal ship and servants. If the rector wishes, a guard is obliged to keep him company without any salary and will share his meals with the Rector's servants. The millers will arrive at the New Year's Eve at the Rector's Palace, and he will, as it fits in his honour, give them eight groats in the name of the wassail songs. For comparison, sailors and commanders of ships were given one perper or 12 groats.