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Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill), Some Cambridge schools in the olden time. (search)
w it was in those times the custom for the members of the congregation who were afflicted in mind, body or estate, to send written requests to the minister officiating, that prayer might be offered on their behalf. The phraseology might be Mr. Bimelech Stone desires the prayers of the church, the same being very weak and low ; or Mrs. Tremor desires prayers for the sudden death of her husband, that it may be sanctified to her everlasting good. On the way home, it would not be remarked by one hearer to another, that Mr. Stone was very ill, or Mrs. Tremor bereaved, but that they had a note up. Sometimes the paper contained a suggestion to be acted upon without being read aloud. The note Dr. C. sent was meant to be of this kind. These were the words: There is a slaveholder in my pew; please to cut him up in the last prayer. But to turn from this digression to the public school which, to use Mrs. Burnett's phrase, is the one I knew the best of all, viz., that founded in ZZZ809,.