At a legall towne meetting desembar ye 21 it was voated that Robert haseltine and ___ samuell __rs_star should gathar & reso___ the ministers ___ the present year and that they should take leave [to] get his worke done & such things as he shall stand in need of for this year. 2 That the charges of bringing mr sims goods to mer rimak should be payd by the towne orchard ___ by the select men of merrimak for ye ___ wee doe ordar that all fenses that are made against con f__les both ___ & __artion_llar within the bounds of merrimak shall be eithar a suficient fine ___ from wall plased ___ ye lo_st than foot & ten ___ high ___d all othar for of ___ eithar hedge pale or ditch shall be _quia_th__t to such a five raille fens soe f__ged by ye ___ that are apointed to ___ fenses for this year that ___ shall be made up by the first of aprill and soe to be kept ___ until the last of octobar & if any fens be found fe_hi__ within the said time the a_ogo_rs shall give not is to the ownars of the said cof___ fens who shall ___ with reports the same & the oversears shall ___ said fens againe ___ a _ayr aftar the ownars of [said] fens have had legall notis of the defect & if they find it defective ye second time they shall give ___ the ownars & to one or more of the select men ___ shall forthwith by warrant impowar the constable to lev[ie] twelve pens per rod ___ the good of ___ that are de linquent for every defective rod of fens and the(?) ___ ___ it 6 days aftar & if it be found ___ __ the ownar shall pay 2 shillings per rod and see to (?) twelve pens ___ for often as it is found defective ___ oversears giving notis to the ownar every time they [are] defective & also to the select men who shall apoint [the] constable to levie the said fines & that everyone shall ___ all the fenses within ye bounds the towne by june next & if they shall neglect to thayr daly ___ to this ordar they shall pay 2 shillings five pens for every defect they are convicted of by legall ___ At a legall town meetting of the inhabitants of meremak march ? it was voated and granted that mister Simms should have forty acres of land layd out to him of of that ___ land. That __ath ___ hill ___ Sargaint gage and John Simmond David ___ was chosen to lay the forty acres of land for ___ of the common land
From the Town Records of Ipswich Joseph Felt writes in "History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton:"
1635. Paling, or narrow boards or poles, sharpened on the top, were often used to enclose groun.
1653. As the General Court has ordered the selectmen of every town to regulate their fences, it is ordered that all persons, concerned and living in Ipswich, shall, before April 20th, have their fences in a good state, (except farms of one hundred acres,) made of pales well nailed or pinned, or of five rails well fitted, or of stone wall three and a half feet high at least, or with a ditch three or four feet wide, with a substantial bank, having two rails or a hedge, or some equivalent, on penalty of 5s. a rod and 2s. a week for each rod while neglected.