he year 1886.
Edward Preston Usher wrote The Church's Attitude Towards Truth, 1907, and a memorial sketch of Roland Greene Usher, to which is added a genealogy of the Usher family in New England.
Henry Grosvenor Cary wrote The Cary Family in England and the Cary Family in America.
Thomas Brooks compiled the family record of Jonathan and Elizabeth Brooks.
The writings of Frank Preston Stearns cover a wide range of subjects—art, literature, criticism, biography, political science.
In 1888 he edited a book on John Brown, by Herman von Holtz, for which he was singularly fitted through his personal knowledge of John Brown.
In 1895 he published Sketches from Concord and Appledore, and in 1905 Cambridge Sketches, both intimate biographies of famous men. In 1892 appeared Real and Ideal in Literature, and in 1897 Modern English Prose Writers.
He also wrote Four Great Venetians and the Midsummer of Italian Art; a Life of Otto von Bismarck; Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne; th
The Prudential Committee, consisting of Alexander Robertson, N. P. Richardson, Thomas Patterson, Joseph F. Hosford, Samuel Armstrong, J. C. Davidson and J. G. Thompson purchased the lot for $425. They were authorized to act as a building committee, with full power to make contract for a house of worship.
On April 20, 1888, this committee reported that it had contracted to build a church edifice fifty feet by thirty feet, to be constructed of wood, on Marion street, during the summer of 1888.
The church ratified the action of its committee and work was at once begun on the building.
This decision to build was not arrived at hastily.
It was a brave venture to undertake to support public worship, and at the same time raise more than three thousand dollars for a new church edifice.
None of the congregation could be called wealthy, and no one of them had an income from which much could be spared without a sacrifice, but they took hold courageously, and by the following November