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Title Towns: Bennington: General
Creator Bennington (Vt.)
Dates of Creation 1797-1834
Scope & Content Items listing taxable property in Bennington; 1786 order by Samuel Mattocks, state treasurer, to collect taxes; license for a victualing house. A petition regarding a state statute on Warning Out. A 1797 letter from George Clark of Albany, New York to Governor Isaac Tichenor regarding the Wallumschaick Patent ownership. A list compiled for an unknown purpose. Three promissory notes.
Administrative/Biographical History The regulation of taverns was authorized in 1779 when Vermont was a republic. Magistrates, selectmen, constables, and grand jurymen were to meet in March to nominate the person or persons suitable “to keep an house or houses of public entertainment” in the coming year. The nominations were then submitted to the county court for licensing or refusal of a license based on the number of nominees and evidence the nominee was fit to hold a license. The law also required that “tavern haunters” be identified and their names posted at the door to every tavern in town. “Tippling houses” were prohibited with fines and public whipping permitted for offenders. In 1787 fees were allowed for tavern licenses. In 1798 changes to the law allowed fees based on profits, required taverns and inns to have on hand “suitable refreshments, provisions and accommodations for travelers, their cattle and horses.” It also required the posting of suitable identifying signs.
Related People Blackmer, Samuel Howard
Bull, Moses
Gains, James
Griswold, Joshua
Harrison, David
Haswell, Anthony Johnson
Hicks, John
Hinsdill, Daniel B.
Lawrence, John
Mattocks, Samuel
Merrill, Orsamus Cook
Robinson, Aaron
Robinson, Heman
Robinson, Joseph
Rudd, Enos
Credit line Bequest of Hall Park McCullough
Catalog Number 2009.163.113.26