History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
 Published in 1845 
On the 9th of March, 1819, the following rule was voted viz.: " that the Selectmen erect one or more sets of stocks at the House of Correction in the town, and all persons who shall neglect their lawful employment, and misspend their time and earnings at the taverns and grop-shops, shall be sent to the House of Correction, and be detained there according to the rules of said House." And a Committee consisting of Winslow Page, Thomas Parsons, Joseph Gilman, Jr., David E. Sanborn, William Hutchinson, Jeremiah Sawyer, Jonathan Hill, Josiah Farrar, Ebenezer Eastman, and Israel French, was appointed to report to the Selectmen cases of drunkenness, and taverners and retailers, who encouraged or permitted drunkenness on their premises. Stephen Moody and Daniel Gale, 2d, were also appointed to sell the Parsonage lands.