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From: Proctor <>
Subject: Re: [GM-L] History
Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2000 20:20:40 -0500
Let us know if you find it. Back in this time period it was not uncommon
for youth to consume 6 to 8 pints of beer each day, adults more. It was
thought purer than water. Too, they did not bath often and the animals
lived with them in the house. Instead of sweeping things out the door it
would lay rested on the floor until spring. They would throw herbs on the
floor to settle the smell, hence, potpourri and the term spring cleaning.
Too, this is the time door jams where operative so to not to lose the
bedding when walking in and out of the house. It is really quite disgusting
when you think of their personal practices.
> Subject: Re: [GM-L] History
> Date: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 11:14 AM
> Speaking of colonial history, maybe someone can help me locate a website
> found with a search engine and cannot find again. It had on it summaries
> several court cases and seemed to indicate that many of these early
> were real rascals, shall we say. The page also said alcohol abuse back
> was "endemic." Does anyone know of this page? Thank you.