Quotation from A history of the cries of London ancient (p24, 25).

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Noisy parties of wits and Paul's men crossed to Bankside to see Romeo and Juliet, or Hamlet the Dane, or else 'The most excellent historie of the Merchant of Venice, with the extreme crueltie of Shylocke, the Jewe, towards the sayd merchant, in cutting a just pound of his flesh, and obtaining of Portia by the choyse of three caskets, as it hath diverse times been acted by the Lord Chamberlain, his servants. Written by William Shakespeare.'

  • I'd guess it translates directly to "toward the said merchant" - meaning aforementioned. – Kyudos Mar 14 '13 at 4:11
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    Good for ELL. Voting to close as GR. – Kris Mar 14 '13 at 5:33
  • One question per post, please. I took out the extraneous bits. – simchona Mar 14 '13 at 6:11
  • Maybe not good for ELL but certainly General Reference. – Kristina Lopez Mar 14 '13 at 18:14

It's an archaic spelling of said. Here, it means aforementioned. This usage of said is less common today, but it is still in use.

(Your other two questions weren't really appropriate for English Language & Usage, so they were deleted.)

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  • Thanks. Then, What does “his servants” mean, like “His Majesty”? – user25049 Mar 14 '13 at 5:53
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    @pit i took out the extraneous questions, in case you'd like to edit – simchona Mar 14 '13 at 6:12
  • @user25049: I think it means "the Lord Chamberlain's servants". – Pitarou Mar 14 '13 at 7:57

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