page 271, Vol. 2, Life and Letters of john Winthrop, where is told the story of the great sowe case of Goody Sherman vs. Captain Keayne in 1642.
The office of hogreeve in those early days, at least in the case of founder of the Ancients, incurred much responsibility, as it was taken under consideration by the Church and next by the General Court, and the third party that meddled in the strife found Solomon's proverb true, as the colony records show that
George Story undertook for Richard Sherman that if he shal bee cast [assessed] what cost he shalbee ceased [assessed] he will beare it.
As the matter was threshed out in the court, it resolved itself into this, in which some towns instructed their representatives how to vote.
Whether the defendt bee found to have been possest of the plaintiffs sowe & converted her to his own use or not; it was voted by 2 matrats & 15 deputies for the plaintiff, & 7 matrats & 8 deputies for the defendt & 7 deputies were neuters