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Paperback | October 12, 2012

byThomas Wentworth Higginson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... meeting-house, like the auction-flag of later periods, but offering in this case goods without money and beyond price. If it be Haverhill village, then Abraham Tylerhas been blowing his horn assiduously for half an hour, a service for which Abraham, each year, receives a halfpound of pork from every family in town. Be it drum, bell, or horn that gives the summons, we will draw near to this important building, the centre of the village, the one public edifice,--meeting-house, townhouse, school-house, watch-house, all in one. So important is it, that no one can legally dwelj more than a halfmile from it. And yet the people ride to " meeting," short though the distance be, for at yonder oaken block a wife dismounts from behind her husband;--and has it not, moreover, been found needful to impose a fine of forty shillings on fast trotting to and fro? All sins are not modern ones, young gentlemen. We approach nearer still, and come among the civic institutions. This is the pillory, yonder are the stocks, and there is a large wooden cage, a terror to evil-doers, but let us hope empty now. Round the meeting-house is a high wooden paling, to which the law permits citizens to tie their horses, provided it be not done too near the passage-way. For at that opening stands a sentry, clothed in a suit of armor which is painted black, and cost the town twenty-four shillings by the bill. He bears also a heavy matchlock musket; his rest, or iron fork, is stuck in the ground, ready to support the weapon; and he is girded with his bandoleer, or broad leather belt, which sustains a sword and a dozen fin cartridge-boxes. The meeting-house is the second to which the town has treated itself, the first having been "a timber fort, both strong and comely, with...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... meeting-house, like the auction-flag of later periods, but offering in this case goods without money and beyon...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217178073

ISBN - 13:9780217178075

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