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ns in New England, having many fair structures, with many handsome contrived streets.
The inhabitants, most of them, are very rich, and well stored with cattle of all sorts, having many hundred acres of land paled in with general fence, which is about a mile and a half long, which secures all their weaker cattle from the wild beasts.
Boston edition, p. 45. The prosperity of the inhabitants seems not to have been overstated.
Of the general tax imposed by the Court, Oct. 1, 1633, Boston, Roxbury, Charlestown, Watertown, and New Town were assessed alike,—forty-eight pounds; Dorchester was the only town in the colony which was required to pay a larger sum,—eighty pounds. In March, 1636, the share of New Town, in a tax of three hundred pounds, was forty-two pounds, when no other town was assessed more than thirty-seven pounds ten shillings.
After this meeting on the seventh of January, no other is recorded until Aug. 5, 1633; from which date there is a consecutive record of the mo