Habits and Customs of Our Forefathers.
(From "History of Cape Cod.)
"The habits and customs of our forefathers and mothers in Marshfield and elsewhere in the Colony," are important in this history in showing the everyday life amongst them. Every man and woman was addressed as Goodman and Goodwife. No one in that era but the very highest classes in society, either those hold high offices or those of aristocratic birth, were given the titles of Mr. and Mrs. It was the habit in those days for the men to wear very long beards. In 1649 the custom of wearing long hair was gradually becoming a thing of the past. So bitter did the Colonists become against it, that the following edict was issued:
" 'Forasmuch as the wearing of long hair, after the manner of the Russians & barbarous indians, has begun to invade New England, contrary to the rule of God's word, & the commendable custom of all the godly, until within this few years, we the magistrates, who have subscribed this paper, do declare & manifest our dislike & detestation against the wearing of such long hair, as against a thing uncivil & unmanly, whereby men do deform themselves & offend sober & modest men & do corrupt good manners.'
"Subsequently, grand jurors were in duty bound, under the laws, to prevent, and the court to punish, all such offenders. Tobacco was forbidden under a penalty, and some of the prominent divines compared the smoke to the smoke of the infernal regions. But when some of the dignitaries and the clergy got into the habit of smoking the 'vile weed,' it was not long before the people at large ac-
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