e committee secured the services of Unitarian, Universalist, Baptist and Methodist preachers for about two months, and at last secured the services of Rev. William Edwards Huntington, who supplied the pulpit till the end of the year, viz., April, 1872. Mr. Huntington was a young man of rare gifts, just finishing his studies in the Mr. Huntington was a young man of rare gifts, just finishing his studies in the Theological School of Boston University, of which he is now the able and honored president.
During these months circumstances clearly indicated that it was time for some church organization to enter and occupy this field.
The attendance on Sundays at the hall had decreased materially, till in March scarcely more than twenty-fias thy home, This people as thine own.
The invocation was by Rev. A. E. Winship, pastor of the M. E. Church at West Somerville.
Scripture reading by Rev. W. E. Huntington of Roslindale.
Rev. J. M. Usher (Universalist) read the hymn—
The perfect world by Adam trod Was the first temple built by God. His fiat laid the co
alist, Methodist, Baptist—but there was the feeling that the continuous service of some one preacher was desirable.
With this in view, in November, the Rev. William Edwards Huntington was secured by the committee which, by the resignation of Mr. Ritchie and election of Mr. C. E. Hippisley, consisted of one Unitarian, one Baptist anion church would be impracticable, and that an active church of some denomination should take up the work, this action was a logical and natural sequence.
Mr. Huntington was about to graduate from Boston University, of which he was in after years the honored president.
He served as his predecessors had done, by preaching twicid not enter into pastoral work.
Though the Methodists began in October to hold class meetings, organized by the pastor of the First M. E. Church of Medford, Mr. Huntington was in no way connected with them.
Thus the year continued until the time of an annual meeting, which was held in the evening of April 1, 1872, twenty-two