The Colonial Tavern; A Glimpse of New England Town Life in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

The Colonial Tavern; A Glimpse of New England Town Life in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...or custom on the part of officials in their dealings with the tavern keepers, it was thought advisable by the magistrates of Cambridge that some regulations be adopted relative to the tavern charges for the County Court, and in December, 1679, it was stipulated that henceforth for the jurors there shall be allowed in money: "For their breakfast one man 004 For their dinner "11 013 For their supper "" 010" For the magistrates: For dinner one man 020 For supper"" 016 For the marshal and constable: A meal 010" As it is unlikely that there was any difference in the quality or quantity of the food furnished either class of public servants, the greater sum allowed the magistrates and officers of the court was probably for liquid refreshments. The selectmen of Cambridge, however, do not seem to have been restricted in their allowances, and they dined and wined at the public expense at the "Blue Anchor Tavern," in which Governor Jonathan Belcher was born. In 1749, and for many years thereafter, this tavern was conducted by Ebenezer Bradish, and his charges for the entertainment of the selectmen are found in the following bill: "The Selectmen of the town of Cambridge To Ebenr Bradish Dr March 1769 To dinners and drink o 17 8 April " To flip and punch 020 May " To wine and eating 068 A bill of the town council of Bristol, (R. I.), for entertainment furnished at Stephen Wardwell's tavern during the year 1795, amounted to; 12-3-2, and was made up of so many items that it is a monotonous repetition of "nips of grog," uDubel boles of tod," "Brandi sling," punch and rum, with occasional charges for "Supers." The town council of Providence, in 1784, usually...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236595378
  • 9781236595379