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. 1889 Excerpt: ...Court's orders Respecting beef for the army. 4. Voted to Chuse a Committee for purchasing beef as above.... 6. Voted and Choose Thomas Gates and Daniel Rugg as a Committee. 7. Voted to Raise two hundred pounds for procuring the above beef. In matters of dress, which had greatly deviated from Puritanic simplicity, in the larger towns at least, a rigid economy became generally compulsory from scarcity of the materials as well as their cost. Silas Rice, however, continued to advertise in the Spy that he made and sold "silver shoe and knee-buckles at his shop near the second parish meeting-house." The census shows that every farmer kept his little flock of sheep, there being nearly four thousand in the town. The cultivation of hemp and flax was everywhere urged as a patriotic duty. By every fire-side the spinning-wheels busily hummed, twirled by the hands of the young, and the knitting needles constantly clicked in the deft fingers of the aged. Ephraim Carter in his tannery, Peter Thurston in his hat shop, Micah Harthan in his fulling mill, Thomas Grant with his loom, and many skilled and strong-handed helpers wrought at their crafts industriously. Yet the soldiers often went half clad, and among the bare-footed men whose steps stained with blood the snows of Valley Forge, were several of Lancaster and vicinity. When the knowledge of their pressing need came home to their neighbors, the town-meeting waited for no formality of requisition, but, February 5, 1778,--417. Voted, that the Selectmen and Committee estimate the Cloathing Collected for the Soldiers and to be made a town charge with the transporting. S1. Voted, that the above Cloathing be sent to the Continental Soldiers in the Service for three years belonging to this town. 6My. Voted, that the...