rch at Hingham at a salary of a thousand dollars, and here he remained until January, 1839, a period of eighteen years. Time permits only the mention of the activities of this enthusiastic young pastor, who did not confine his work alone to his church and his parish.
And in these enterprises and undertakings he was the leader.
The first year of his ministry he wrote a family prayer book, of which there were eighteen editions published.
A Boston merchant bought two thousand copies, which in 1846 he had distributed widely through the publishers, the donor's name not being given.
He established a Sunday-school—then a novel feature—a parish reading society, was the founder and secretary of the Old Colony Peace Society.
In fact, he appears to have been the secretary in most of the societies with which he was connected.
He was active in the Plymouth County Bible Society, and the year he was abroad the work languished seriously.
He advocated the establishment of the Hingham Institut
Theological Seminary at Andover.
During the long vacation of 1843, he was a teacher in the Academy at Wakefield, N. H., and in May, 1844, he became principal of the Academy in Abington, Mass. The next year he returned to Andover and graduated in 1846, fully expecting to devote his life to the ministry; but his health having become impaired during his last term at the Theological School, it seemed better for him to defer, for a season at least, entering the ministry as he had planned, and to eng, for which his previous experience had well fitted him.
At that time Medford was seeking a school master for the high school, and he was one of a score of applicants for the position.
He was the choice of the committee; assumed his duties in 1846, and henceforth we find him closely identified with Medford in all her interests,— educational, religious, social and political.
It must have been while he was teaching in Abington that he became acquainted with the young lady who a few years a