ive 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.
The aid granted, these gentlemen proceeded,in 1761, to the erection of a church, over which Rev. East Apthorp was made rector.
The architect of the church was Mr. Peter Harrison, Newport, R. I., who also designed King's Chapel (ten years earlier), and the Redwood Library and City Hall in Newport.
The land was bought, the rear half from James Reed, the rest from the owners of the common.
Some say the pillars were turned on the common, but certain it is that the frame was not brought from England.
Expense was not spared in furnishing the church.
A fine organ, made John Snetzler of London, a bell weighing over fifteen hundred pounds, a silver christening ba