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THE PASSING OF NEW LAWS
WHEN we had been in this village two years, there was
much vexation because of the greater portion of the gold
and silver money, which our people had brought with
them, having been sent back to England in order to
purchase goods there, and the result was that even those
who were well off in the thins of this world, found
themselves unable to pay their debts.
Therefore is was that the court ordered corn to be
taken in the stead of gold. and silver, unless money,
or beaver spins, were set down in the writing as the
method of payment agreed upon.
 At the same time another law was passed, part of which
seemed to bear heavily upon those who were homesick
to the point of going back to England, and yet may
have offended the officers of the law in some way.
It was declared that no person should be allowed to
depart out of the town of Boston, either by sea or by
land, or to buy goods out of any vessel or of the Indians,
without permission from the magistrates.
I know it is not seemly for a girl to question that
which her elders have done, and yet there were many
times when it seemed to me as if such a law worked
injury to us of Boston.
I might not have given so much heed to matters which
do not concern girls, but for the fact that Susan's father
had crossed the Neck on his way in search of wild
animals, and having come some four miles into the forest,
he met an Indian who had on his back a half-bushel
of corn in a basket.
The savage took
a fancy to the girdle he wore, offered
to give him the
corn, and bring as
much more on the
following day, if
the belt were given
to him then.
 Susan's father, believing that the law against buying
provisions of an Indian would not be carried so far
as to prevent a bargain like the one which the savage
had offered, stripped off his belt and took the corn.
On coming back to the town, Samuel Goodlove, one
of the tithing-men, met him, and asked how it chanced
he had set forth in search of wild fowl and brought
Thinking no harm, Susan's father told all that
had been done in the forest, and straightway he was
brought before Governor Winthrop, who fined him ten
shillings and the corn he had brought on his back four
miles, for having offended the law. In addition, he
was sentenced to give back to the Indian as much corn
as he had taken, but without demanding from him
the girdle that had been given over