1667The town voted to further restrict the cutting of cord-wood.Economy and Industry, Industry

The cutting of timber for shipbuilding and the cutting of cord-wood for sale to outsiders were rapidly depleting the Cape Ann forests. This vote restricted the cutting of cord-wood from Brace’s Cove to Little Good Harbor beach as well as parts of West Gloucester. The penalty for selling wood was 10 shillings per cord. A couple of years later the town voted that cord-wood could not be sold out of town for less than three shillings sixpence. Families could cut 20 cords per year on the common for their own use for the next several years.

Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997. Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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