The evidences (testimony of the witnesses) in this case are not to be found, but it is plain that Symmes won the suit, and that the costs of court were much larger than the amount of damage, as is liable to be the case today.
The record shows that Johnathan Whitney of Watertown, one of the writer's ancestors, was one of the jurors in this case, which has a tendency to make him believe that the verdict was a just one!
Another contention which was settled in court in Charlestown, October 6, 1663, was of a little different character from either of the other two already cited.
It indicates how closely bound together were the church and the people, and how the former insisted, as much as possible, in doing all the thinking for the people, especially in church and religious matters.
But some of our ancestors had commenced to think for themselves, and no amount of coercion or court proceedings could stop them.
The case now under discussion was that of the church at Charlestown ag