Rules, rules, rules. On this day in 1777, the newspaper included an act of the Massachusetts House of Representatives requiring the establishment of a naval office in several ports between Nantucket and Machias, Maine. Responsibilities would include clearing ships trading to and from the state, checking manifests and giving bills of health. Charges for a host of chores ranged from 1 to 6 shillings.

— The Museum of Old Newbury

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