Food for the Grasshopper
Shem Drowne made it, May 25, 1742. To my brethren and fellow grasshoppers, Fell in ye year  Nov. 13, early in ye morning by a great earthquake by my old Master above. Again, like to have met with Utter Ruin by Fire, by hopping Timely from my Public Station, came of the broken bones and much Bruised. Cured and Fixed. Old Master's son Thomas Drowne June 28, 1768, and Though I will promise to Discharge my office, yet I shall vary as ye wind.
That leave might be given to hang up the representation of a cod fish in the room where the House sit, as a memorial of the importance of the Cod-Fishery to the welfare of the Commonwealth...
Representative John Rowe, 1784
A 5 foot Maine-pine cod was placed in the House chambers, moved to the new State House in 1798 and remained in the building ever since, with the exception of the cod-napping caper of 1933, of course.