North River Ferry Boats and Other Matters.
In 1668 the following was applied to Marshfield as well as other towns in Plymouth Colony: "It is enacted by the Court, That all Swine wth in these Colonies shall be sufficently ringed after they shall be tenn weeks old, and if that any shall be complayned of to be vnruly, that then they be yeoked, upon the penalty of six pence for every swine that shall be found unringed and not presently ringed upon warning given thereof, and this to be done by the first of November next."
In 1649 also the following: "Whereas there is greate need of a fferry boat to be erected to transport men & cattell over the North River, many complaining of the want thereof, and Such as passed that way were at great charge & put to many unconveyences for want thereof ffor the redressing whereof. It is enacted by the Court That there shall be xijd for every family levyed throughout the Govrment towards the charges of the building of two vessells or boats for the transportacon of men and cattell over the said river at the now passage place. And that Mr. Jonathan Brewster shall have the keeping and the p'fitts (profits) of the said fferry to have and to hold to him and his heires forever and shall build and from tyme to tyme mayntaine two sufficient boats or vessels, one for the carrying of men and another for carrying of cattell on the said North River, wth a sufficient man or two to attend them. And shall have these rates for the first yeare viz: for a man ij d (two pence) for a horse & his rider vj d (six pence) for a beast vj d (six pence) for swine and goates ij d (two pence). And after the first yeare for men ij d (two pence) for a horse and his
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