whose young women did not spin as much flax or wool daily as the selectmen had required of them.
He forbade all persons to run, or even walk, except reverently to and from church, on Sunday; and he doomed a burglar, because he committed a crime on that sacred day, to have one of his ears cut off. He commanded John Wedgewood to be put in the stocks for being in the company of drunkards.
Thomas Pitt was severely whipped for suspicion of slander, idleness, and stubbornness.
He admonished Captain Lovell to take heed of light carriage.
Josias Plaistowe stole four baskets of corn from the Indians, and he was ordered to return to them eight baskets, to be fined £ 5, and thereafter to be called by the name of Josias, and not Mr. Plaistowe, as formerly.
He directed his grand-jurors to admonish those who wore apparel too costly for their incomes, and, if they did not heed the warning, to fine them; and in 1646 he placed on the statute-books of Massachusetts a law which imposed the penalty