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HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 1 1 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 1 1 Browse Search
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ce from court. Mr. Robert Saltonstall is fined five shillings, for presenting his petition on so small and bad a piece of paper. Chickataubott is fined a skin of a beaver, for shooting a swine of Sir Richard Saltonstall. Silver was exceedingly scarce at the time Medford was settled; hence the necessity of adopting some other standards of value. All accounts were kept in the pounds, shillings, pence, and farthings of the mother country. For more than half a century, the law of Oct. 18, 1631, was in active operation here. That law was as follows :-- It is ordered that corn shall pass for payment of all debts, at the usual rate it is sold for, except money or beaver be expressly named. Oct. 3, 1633: It is agreed that the best sort of laborers shall not take above eighteen-pence a day, if they diet themselves; and not above eightpence a day, if they have diet found them. Further, it is ordered that all workmen shall work the whole day, allowing convenient tine for food
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wigglesworth, Michael 1631- (search)
Wigglesworth, Michael 1631- Clergyman; born in England, Oct. 18, 1631; came to the United States with his father in 1638; graduated at Harvard College in 1651; became a tutor there; studied both theology and medicine; and was minister in Malden, Mass., from 1656 till his death, June 10, 1705. He wrote God's controversy with New England, etc.