Stage-Coach and Tavern Days

Stage-Coach and Tavern Days

Stage-Coach and Tavern Days

Stage-Coach and Tavern Days

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In reverent and affectionate retrospective view of the influences and conditions which had power and made mark upon the settlement of New England, we are apt to affirm with earnest sentiment that religion was the one force, the one aim, the one thought, of the lives of our forbears. It was indeed an ever present thought and influence in their lives; but they possessed another trait which is as evident iii their records as their piety, and which adds an element of human interest to their story which their stern Puritanism never could have done; with them their neighborliness was as ever present and as sincere as their godliness. Hence the establishment of an hostelry, -- an ordinary it was usually called, -- for the entertainment of travellers and for the mutual comfort of the settlers, was scarcely second to their providing a gathering-place for the church.

The General Court of Massachusetts at an early date took decisive measures with regard to houses of common entertainment. No one was permitted . . .

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