crime and punishment
Law Once Compelled Every Town to Have a Drinking Place
How “Amwell” Originated
by Egbert T. Bush
published in the Hunterdon County Democrat, May 7, 1931
Sundry notes from old histories and other sources though jotted down in a haphazard way may serve to awaken thought or to throw light upon the ways of the past.We are told that in 1668, every town in the province of New Jersey was required by law to have “an ordinary for the relief and entertainment of strangers.” The penalty for failure to provide such necessary place was 40 shillings for the first month and 40 shillings for every month thereafter. An actual legal penalty for not having a drinking place, you see; curiously enough the exact opposite of our present law.
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