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and no amount of coercion or court proceedings could stop them. The case now under discussion was that of the church at Charlestown against Ursula Cole, wife of John Cole of Charlestown, who is recorded as being one of the owners of a Waterfield farm, now Winchester. The complaint was, that Mrs. Cole indulged in defamatory talk aMrs. Cole indulged in defamatory talk against the Rev. Zachariah Symmes, who was also a Waterfield and, later, a Medford, land owner, besides being minister of the Charlestown church. After a long trial and many witnesses were examined, the said Ursula Cole was found guilty and fined Five Pounds and costs of court, to be paid by her husband, or to be publicly whipped. ment, was this: it was proved beyond a reasonable doubt that she had said she had as leife hear an old cat mew as hear the Rev. Zachariah Symmes preach. Perhaps Mrs. Cole's judgment was good as regards the preaching the people had to listen to in Charlestown, but she was not at liberty, as we of today, to talk about the minister o