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known. Traveling in stage and coaches was hardly dreamed of. Young men and maidens rarely thought of riding to meeting, even though the distance might be six or ten miles. Horses were all accustomed to pace, that they might carry the rider gently.
"The duty of the sexton then required that he should attend to the turning of the hourglass. It was to be turned at the commencement of the sermon, and the minister was expected to close his sermon at the end of the hour. If he either exceeded or fell short of that time, it was alike regarded as furnishing just cause of complaint.
"By order of the General Court, corn and beans were used in voting, the corn representing the Ayes and the beans the Nays. A heavy penalty was imposed if any individual put into the box more than one. The candidates were voted separately until one was elected."
"Tradition says that at the time of John Alden's marriage to Priscilla Mullens, and of his excursion from Plymouth to Barnstable, there was a destitution of horses and traveling equipage in the Colony and that it was not uncommon for oxen or bulls to supply the place. Mr. Alden rode on the back of a bull, with a piece of handsome broadcloth for a saddle, and on his return his bride was seated on the same, the happy bridegroom leading the bull carefully by a cord to the nose-ring."
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