Tuesday, December 25, 2007

no huzzaing?

The colonial government of New Hampshire, sitting in Portsmouth, felt compelled to pass a law concerning December 25th, prohibiting "Loose Idle Persons going about the streets in Companies in a roisterous & Tumultuous manner halooing huzzaing firing guns beating drums to the great disturbance & Terror of many of the inhabitants on the evening Preceeding and evening following said Day ...."  An Act To Prevent And Punish Disorders Usually Committed On The Twenty Fifth Day Of December Commonly Called Christmas-Day, The Evening Preceeding & Following Said Day, And To Prevent Other Irregularities Committed At Other Times (Dec. 23, 1771).

Whatever you're doing this day, hope it's a good one.

(spl)

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