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Court that the grand jurymen in every Towne shall haue power within their several Townships to take a specioll view and notice of all manor of psons (persons) married and single, dwelling within theire several Townships that have smale means to maintaine themselves and are suspected to lie Idlely and loosly and to require an account of them how they live; and such as they find delinquents, and cannot give a good account unto them. That they cause the constable to bringe them before a majestrate in their town if there be any, if there be none before the Selectmen appointed for such purpose that such course may bee taken with them, as in theire wisdomes shal bee pledged just & equall;"
The list of freemen in Marshfield in 1643, that is, those who were admitted to the freedom of the Colony, who took the oath of allegiance to the Colony and were able to bear arms, was as follows: Mr. Edward Winslow (Governor)Mr. Wm. Thomas (his assistant)Josias WinslowKenelme WinslowMr. Thomas BourneMr. Edward BuckleyRobte WatermanJohn DingleyThom. ShillingsworthJohn Russell& Mr. Nathaniel Thomas."
We find in the Plymouth Colony Records that in 1670 "Josias Winslow in behalf of the town of Marshfield brought suit against Nathaniel Thomas for neglecting & refusing to pay one pound seven shillings & ninepence due him for the ministry at Marshfield. The Court sentenced him to two pounds 15 shillings & sixpence."
"John Low of the Town of Marshfield in 1671 for profaning the Lord's day by servile labor & contemtable words being minded of that abuse, the court fined 40 shillings or to be whipt."
"In 1675 Wm. Wood of Marshfield for speaking contemptuously of Mr. Arnold on the Lord's day in Feb. last, as appears by evidence was sentenced by the Court to sitt in the stocks 2 hours the next training day at Marshfield."
In 1676 we find on the Colony records that "a Jury
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