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Ralph Allen, the elder, from whom they took
£ s. d.
20 00 00
£68 00 00
Not having convicted him personally, for he was absent, yet took from him as aforesaid, for meetings and not swearing; and for forty-five shillings pretended to be in arrears, the marshal marked one ox and one cow; and when they came to drive away the cattle, took one cow more unmarked, giving no account wherefore they took her: and the marshal said to him, “That he never would."
i £5 12 00 So they take away their coats and their cloaks, and their other clothes, when they have nothing else, for their obedience to the Lord, as by and by will be made more to appear.
Thomas Greenfield, from whom they took one cow, valued at four pounds, with all the corn that was in his house, and other goods, which they seized on, not known how much, and also convicted him after he was gone out of the colony, to take shipping for England. George Barlow, the cruel marshal, came and threshed out the corn, and made waste thereof, and carried away the goods for fifteen pounds fine for not swearing, and nine pounds for meetings, and three pounds for resisting the said marshal, as they pretended, whose principle is otherwise. And for not assisting him who came into his house, late at night, when he was in his bed, and three men with him, and asked him for strangers, or such as they called Quakers, and required him to go with him to look after Quakers—a most unnatural thing, being his friends and fellow-sufferers—which he refusing, the aforesaid marshal used much violence, and haled him out of his bed; and then accusing him for resisting or striking him, which those in bed with him affirm to be a false accusation. Nevertheless, he to whom violence was thus used, was accused of violence, and fined for it, and for other things as aforesaid; and the goods found in the house, and the corn, after he was gone away, thus taken, though two men justified to the marshal that it was neither his corn nor his goods.
Edward Perry, whom they deprived of,
£. s. d.
tar, . . . . . . 9 10 00
and heiser, . . . . . 6
£89 18 00
which the cruel marshal took from him for meeting, Tenth month, : 1658, and refusing to swear, etc., First month, 1659, notwithstanding that, when the magistrates came to Sandwich, in the Fourth month following, to convict those that met together to wait upon the Lord, he was not at home. Nevertheless, they thus dealt with him, though not personally convicted, and left him but one cow, which the marshal afterwards seized upon, in the Seventh month following; and he proceeded so wickedly with him, that he would drive his cattle, and pass by him with them, as if they were not his, or that he were not concerned so much as to be taken notice of; one ox he drove away, and told him not of it till about a week after. And his beef he would take out of his tub; and make merry with it with his companions, saying, “ It was the countries' beef:” and because he had killed a fat cow, ere the marshal seized her, he made a great ado about it; and as good a cow was required of the servant that killed her. And John Alden, the treasurer, sent a warrant to the constable to apprehend the man, and bring him to Plymouth, and deliver him to the marshal, there to be kept till the Fifth month, 1659, this being the Ninth month, 1658, whither he was brought, and bound by John Alden and William Collier, to let them have as good a cow, and to answer it the next Court, though he was but a servant to Edward Perry in what he did, and the cow was not seized before he knocked her down. So another cow was seized on, of Edward Perry's, and two before, which made it three, for five pounds, worth eleven pounds. And when the marshal had taken his box and writings, and money, and plate therein, he raised a report, as if the papers discovered some design to cut them off by the morrow night, who were thus sought to be destroyed, but destroy none; and he would press men to secure Edward, when it was no such thing; and this he did when he was so drunk that he could hardly forbear vomiting in the bosom of him whom he pretended to press. And so vile and wicked was this marshal, that when a friend of Edward Perry, whom he took with him on purpose, asked him, “How he could wash his hands of the box of writings and plate, &c., which he had taken out of the said Edward's house without a warrant, and sought to conceal," and would not confess to the particulars, when Edward demanded them of him, he, in a scoff, said, “I will wash my hands," and so rubbed them one in another. And when Edward's friend replied again, “Yea, George, thou mayest wash thy hands, but thou canst not wash thy heart;" he answered, still laughing and jeering, and said, “Yes, one dram of the bottle will do it," and clapped his hand on his bosom. Unto which kind of washing, it seems, he is used to too much, viz., to be drunk, and then to be mad, and to beat his wife and children like a madman, and to throw the things of the house from one place to another. And yet this is the extraordinary marshal of the Court of Plymouth Patent, appointed on purpose for three townships, viz., Sandwich, Barnstable, and Yarmouth, to vex, rob, spoil, and undo those innocent people; whose heart was hard enough for that purpose, and his hands bloody; and to hunt after their meetings, which he used to do, up and down in the woods, tracking them by the print of their feet, and disturbing them there, and haling and pulling them when he found them met, and treading on their feet and turning up their hats, pretending that he doth not know them; threatening them with the stocks, and he and his companions smoking tobacco among them, and sometimes summoning them in their meetings to appear at Court. He summoned fourteen at one time as they were met together waiting on the Lord, on a First day of the week, to appear at Plymouth, twenty miles distant, the next day, where they were fined five pounds a-piece for refusing to swear. At another time he summoned ten more persons to appear at the Court, at Plymouth, in the Eighth month, 1658, to take the oath of fidelity. And this is part of the disturbance the innocent lambs of Christ have had in their peaceable meetings by this wolf, but in the Lord they have peace; he asking their names on purpose to molest them, though known to be of that township; and then presenting them for meeting and executing the fines on them for meeting, and far more than here is room to express; imprisoning them and haling them to prisons, and whipping of them and searching of their houses by day and by night; and when they are forth, prying into their houses, to see what they have there, and stealing away that which he should not. A whoremonger that abused an Indian woman; on whom the terrors of God fell, but he got off them, and so is hardened to the purpose; a liar, a falseswearer; a man of seared conscience, without remorse; a member of their church; a fit person to hunt and vex the servants of the Lord, which he used to do before he was chosen to that office, and so was approved before they took him in. And Samuel Nash, the country marshal, and Richard Cadwell, his assistant, forcibly took away a horse, that was not Edward Perry's, for Edward's fine; which horse Edward had to carry a bag of corn to one whom he owed it; which the said Nash, finding at the door, forcibly took away as aforesaid, and one Edward Fish assisted him; and this he did, though Edward Perry often told him that the horse was not his.
Richard Kirby, and his son Richard, from whom, the 14th of the Seventh month, 1659, was taken—
6. s. d.
her neck, as the leading cow for the
£57 12 00
The marshal also seized all his corn, and said, “If he would thresh it out for him the week following, he would leave him enough to pay his rent and some to eat." After which he took away the three bushels of wheat as aforesaid; and all this for not swearing, being fined, Court after Court, for meetings and for refusing to go with the marshal to assist him in the search for Friends, for which Richard, the younger, was fined twenty shillings,-a most unreasonable thing, and betokening the height of devilish wickedness! But as for the last cow and calf, they know not wherefore he took them away; for he had said before, that he had seized on as much as would satisfy the fine.
William Allen, who was robbed of
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was half-owner, . . . . 19 10 00
. 17 00
£86 17.00 His fines were forty pounds for having twenty meetings of the