Studies in Historical and Political Science; Extra Volumes Volume 1

Studies in Historical and Political Science; Extra Volumes Volume 1

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...at present so unreliable.' The town gave the proposal honorable burial by voting to consider it merely. But, ten years later, March 13, 1677, Deacon Peck, the Church Treasurer, was constrained to make the same motion in Town-Meeting, and for the same reason. It must be set down as one of the paradoxes of human nature that a Puritan community was backward in paying its minister, except under compulsion. Deacon Peck's facts were cogent arguments. The town assented to his motion, and voted to raise yearly for the elder's support a tax of twopence halfpenny in the pound. Where the Church had once been ruler, it was now the client. Henceforth the elder was' a public functionary, and it was announced that the minister's tax must be handed by every man to Deacon Peck. There was a young man named "John Tompson," who discerned that, under this law, men were no more likely to crowd Deacon.Peck's gate than they were before. On the 24th of April, he therefore " Informed the Town-Meeting that Collectors of the Minister's tax ought to be appointed, who should make it their business to gather the same; otherwise men would not pay their quotas any more promptly than ' " Resolved, A sume of 200 shall be given to both y" Elders in winter wheat @ 5s. per bushel, in summer wheat @ 4 and 6, pease @ 3 and 6, Indian Corne @ 2 and 10, porke @ 3 a pound, and beef @ 21d. per pound." before, and the law would be practically invalid." John Thompson's wisdom and valor were greater than his discretion; the rulers thought he ought to be seen and not heard. Although he was plainly in the right, he was severely snubbed. The court informed him that he was wasting his...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974530
  • 9781236974532