Norman Constables in America: Read Before the New England Historical Society, February 1, 1882, Volume 1

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Johns Hopkins University, 1883 - 38 pages

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Page 2 - ... considering what manner of men are for the most part put into these offices, it is perhaps very well that they are generally kept in ignorance.
Page 14 - They assemble by beat of drum, each with his musket or firelock, in front of the captain's door ; they have their cloaks on and place themselves in order, three abreast, and are led by a sergeant without beat of drum. Behind comes the Governor, in a long robe ; beside him, on the right hand, comes the preacher with his cloak on, and on the left hand the captain with his side arms and cloak on, and with a small cane in his hand, — and so they march in good order, and each sets his arms down near...
Page 12 - Then we shouted all together two several times, and shot off a couple of muskets, and so returned. This we did that they might see we were not afraid of them, nor discouraged. Thus it pleased God to vanquish our enemies and give us deliverance.
Page 6 - ... 5. We have also ordained: if the hundred pursue a track into another hundred, that notice be given to the hundredman, and that he then go with them. If he neglect this, let him pay thirty shillings to the king. 6. If any one flinch from justice and escape, let him who held him to answer for the offence pay the "angylde.
Page 12 - ... with every man his musket, sword, and corslet, under the conduct of Captain Miles Standish ; unto whom was adjoined, for counsel and advice, William Bradford, Stephen Hopkins, and Edward Tilley.
Page 23 - three constables are to be at the three great doors of the meeting-house and allow none to go out till all the exercises are finished. All the boys are to sit on the three pair of stairs in the meeting-house, including those of the pulpit. One constable is to keep the dogs out of the meeting-house.
Page 2 - Liberties," published in London, 1719, it is said, " The Petty Constable is chosen by the people of the Parish. . . . The Petty Constables ought to be honest and able Men both in Body and Estate, and not of the meaner Sort ; and therefore it hath been held that they ought not to be chosen by the House or Custom, if not fit to execute the Office. But 'tis now ruled, That a Custom for the Inhabitants to serve by Turns is good ; so if it happen on a Woman she must provide one to serve the Office.
Page 5 - And the justices assigned shall present at every parliament unto the king such defaults as they shall find, and the king shall provide remedy therein.

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