on, upon our obtaining from his Excellency suitable encouragement.
To this address, the original of which still exists, two hundred and seven names were appended, and all but seven in the hand-writing of the individuals signing—a fact which proves the superiority of the emigrants to the majority of their countrymen, both in position and intelligence.
One of the subscribers was a baronet, nine were clergymen, and three others were graduates of the University of Edinburgh.
On the fourth of August, 1718, the advance party of Scotch-Irish emigrants arrived in five ships at Boston.
Some of them remained in that city and founded the church in Federal street, of which Dr. Channing was afterwards pastor.
Others attempted to settle in Worcester; but as they were Irish and Presbyterians, such a storm of prejudice against them arose among the enlightened Congregationalists of that place, that they were obliged to flee before it, and seek refuge in the less populous places of Massachusetts