l Court] for this present year.
At said meeting put to vote whether the town will raise any money at this time to build a new meeting house in said town.
Voted in the negative.
Nov. 5th 1725.
At said meeting Mr. John Bradshaw, Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Mr. Stephen Hall, Capt. Samuel Brooks, Mr. John Willis, Mr. William Willis chosen a committee to wait on the Honorable the General Court assembled at Boston, to pray that whereas there is a hearing to be on Tuesday the 9th of this inst.
November with respect to a petition preferred by a part of Charlestown for a tract of land lying on the north side of Medford that if it may be obtained that ye Honored Court may desist a full determination thereof until the town of Medford may have time to prefer a petition for a part of said land.
Voted in the affirmative.
At said meeting, voted that the Town will allow Dea. John Whitmore twenty and five shillings for his service of Town Treasurer out of his rates.
Dec. 9, 1725.
Put to vot
courts by the King in council.
What the final results of this case was, doth not appear, but it is probable that the custom of taxing those who were members of the Established Church of England did not long continue.
But members of that Church, if they still desired to engage in its worship, were obliged to do so in the old parishes of Christ and Trinity Churches, Boston, or the somewhat nearer parish of Christ Church, Cambridge.
This state of things continued until the year 1847.
In November of that year the project of an Episcopal church in Medford was first agitated; and at a meeting held on December 11 it was determined to make an effort to establish a parish.
Christmas Eve was selected as an appropriate time for the first service, and the Rev. Dr. Alexander H. Vinton, rector of St. Paul's Church, Boston, was invited to preach on the occasion.
One of the Congregational churches was loaned for the service, and, in accordance with the custom of the Episcopal communion on the