History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
 Published in 1845 
On the 19th of March, 1805, a Committee consisting of Samuel Greely, Samuel Shepard, Ezekiel Hoit, Dudley Prescott, David Edgerly, and Stephen Moody, Esq., reported the following as the By-Laws of the Work House, which were adopted viz.

"The town shall provide some suitable building to be used for a House of Correction, for keeping, correcting, and setting at work of all rogues, vagabonds, common beggars, lewd, idle, and disorderly persons, who may be committed by proper authority. That said house be under the immediate direction of a Superintendent, to be chosen by the town, whose duty it shall be to provide and distribute to the persons committed to his charge, a sufficiency of wholesome, nutritious food,; cheap but decent and comfortable clothing and lodging, and all other things necessary for their situation. That the said Superintendent shall keep all persons committed to his charge, whose age and health will permit, constantly employed at all proper times and seasonable hours in some useful labor for the benefit of themselves and families, if they have any, otherwise the proceeds of their labor to be appropriated towards the support of the institution. The Superintendent may employ the persons committed to his charge in husbandry, any of the mechanical arts, or in any other occupation suited to their capacities, in which their labor will be most productive, and may appoint as many agents, under him, at his own expense as he shall think fit, to keep such persons properly occupied. It shall be the duty of the Superintendent to see all rules and regulations made from time to time by the town, for the government of said house, carried into effect. All persons committed to the house of correction, whose age and health will permit, shall be liable to be called upon at five o'clock in the morning and employed by the Superintendent until seven in the evening from the 21st of March till the 21st of September, and from the 21st of Sept. till the 21st. of March, they may be called up at six o'clock in the morning , and be employed till nine in the evening. If any person committed to the house of correction, shall refuse, without good reason or cause, to employ himself or herself diligently in such occupation as they shall be directed to pursue by the Superintendent, or shall be guilty of riotous and disorderly conduct, or refuse to retire to bed at seasonable hours, or be guilty of profanity, drunkenness, or pilfering, he or she shall be liable to be punished by being kept fasting not exceeding forty eight hours, by wearing fetters or shackles, not exceeding one week, or whipped on the naked back with a cat or rod not exceeding fifteen stripes for one offence at the discretion of the Superintendent, who is to inflict the same.

It shall be the duty of the Selectmen for the time being, to visit the house of correction as often as occasion may require, to see that the persons confined are properly provided with food, clothing and lodging, the sick and infirm with suitable medicine and assistance, that cleanliness and good order are kept up among them, that the labor required of them is not excessive and unreasonable, and that the Superintendent in all respects discharges his duty.

And whereas, in the opinion of your Committee, the proper subjects to be confined in a house of correction, are for the present so few that they may conveniently be accommodated in a private house, it is, therefore, recommended to the town to contract with some suitable to take charge of all the lewd and disorderly persons, who may be committed to the house of correction, at a stipulated price, to be agreed on by the Selectmen and said contractors. That said contractor be chosen Superintendent, and his house to be considered to all intents and purposes the house of correction of the town, and that as such, subject to the foregoing regulation for the present year. And it is further recommended to the town, to choose one judicious person in each village in the town, or place of resort, whose business it shall be to take notice of all idle, disorderly persons who misspend their time and property at taverns, retail houses, and places of resort, and complain to the proper authority of such persons as are guilty of such offences as subject them to be committed to the house of correction, that they may be proceeded with as the law directs."