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HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 1 1 Browse Search
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ction, to the school of the learned Genevan. He was strongly attached to the Protestant, Congregational order of church government, and had little love for Episcopacy. His Plea for infant baptism was considered one of his ablest works. Though early biased in favor of Calvinism, he would not allow himself to be a slave to other men's decisions. He would judge of the Bible for himself. Nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri. We should like to have seen him in the situation of Rev. Marmaduke Mathews, the first minister of Malden, in 1650, who was accused of free thinking and free talking; and the General Court ordered Governor Endicott, in its name, to admonish him. We think the General Court and Governor, before they had got Dr. Osgood under their spiritual duress, would have been glad to say, Go thy way for this time: when we have a more convenient season, we will call for thee. He was that freeman whom the truth makes free, and maintained that right reason is to our under