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rider vj d (six pence) for a beast iiij d (four pence) and for a goate or swine j d (one pence), of all men of what plantation soeu (soever)."
Another act says "that if one man only is carried over North River shall charge 4 pence & if more than one two pence each." In 1652, "Concerning such as are allowed to exercise men in arms in the several townes within this government the Court doth order as follows: Wm. Vassell and Wm. Hatch of Scituate, Capt Standish of Plymouth, Lieut. Holmes of Duxborrow, and Nathl Thomas of Marshfield," etc, etc. "Also enacted by Court the charge of Killing Wolves shall be bourne by the whole Colony & that they shall have for every wolfe so killed, a coat of trading cloth." "In 1655 There was also a penalty of 40 shillings against any one found playing cards &c, also a fine of 12 pence for any one using Tobacco in the streets or about barns or corn stack or hay yards." Also enacted by court that if any English among the Indians allow horses, cattle, or swine on their premises, the stock shall be impounded and kept there until sufficient is paid them for damages.
It was also enacted in 1659 that "every owner of horses shall take the first opportunity to mark & enter their horses according to order and in case any shall neglect so to do betwixt this & March Court next, shall forfite five shillings to the town for such default for every horse found unmarked." "The different towns in the Colony must use for a mark, initial letter of their town, and Marshfield's mark was, capital 'M.' "
If our citizens of today were obliged to work as did the Forefathers of Marshfield in Pilgrim days, it might not only be better for the town, but also better for the lazy themselves. Here is what the Court of the old Plymouth Colony enacted in 1639: "ffor the preventing of Idlenes and other euills occationed thereby, It is enacted by the
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