The remaining history of Shepard Church is briefly told.
Dr. Holmes died in 1837.
After him came Nehemiah Adams, and in 1835, Rev. John Albro, who remained thirty years. After his death came Dr. Alexander McKenzie, who has ably led the people and kept close the ancient connection between the church and the college.
We turn now to Christ Church, the second oldest in the city, and one even more full of association, since its building has always remained substantially the same.
On April 5, 1759, a letter was sent to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, asking aid to build an Episcopal Church in Cambridge.
It was desired by five or six gentlemen, each of whose incomes, says an authority, was judged to be adequate to the maintenance of a domestic chaplain.
The letter, signed by Henry Vassall, John Vassall, Tho. Oliver, Robt. Temple, Joseph Lee, Ralph Inman, David Phipps and James Apthorp, was drawn up by Dr. Caner, rector of King's Chapel, Boston.