[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]


Prices of Home Products during the Revolution.

   "At a meeting of the Selectmen and Committee of Correspondence for this town, held Feb 19, 1777.   At said meeting they agreed & determined to adopt the prices of all those articles affixed and settled by the General Court of this state in the act made to prevent monopoly and oppression in those articles hereafter enumerated, which articles agreeable to an act of said General Court authorizing us to affix and settle for this town, respectfully, viz:  [The prices are given in the document in English pounds, shillings & pence, are here changed to dollars and cents.]   Good merchantable wheat $1.00 pr. bushel.   Good, well-fatted, grass-fed beef, 3 cents pr. lb.; salt hay where it can be come at with team, 27½ cents pr. hundred till Dec., after that 31 cents pr. hundred.   English hay, 44 cents pr. hundred.   Salt pork of the best quality at 8 cents pr. lb.   Men's best yarn stockings at 89 cents pr. pair—and in that proportion for an inferior quality.   Men's shoes, made of neat's leather of the best common sort, $1.16 2-3 pr. pair; women's shoes, 84 2-3 cents pr. pair.   A yoke of oxen, to work one day, 26 cents; a cart one day, 16 cents; a plow, one day to break up new ground, 36 cents, and for common green sward, 18 cents.   For making shoes & pumps, men's & women's, 41 1-3 cents, and small shoes in like proportion.   Cider at the press, $1.00 pr. barrel, & at other seasons, $1.33 1-3.   For shoeing a horse, steel toes & calks, 89 cents, and shoeing oxen, in like proportion.   Good hoes, 66 2-3 cents.   Good board nails, $2.00, & shingle nails at $1.00 pr. thousand.   A draft horse at 22 cents a day.   Carpenters, 55 1-3 cents a day.   Flax seed, 69 1-3 cents a



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