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ld agree upon should bind all, under date of May of this year.
This led to the representative body, having the full powers of all the freemen, except that of elections. —Savage's Winthrop, i. 71, note.
Six months later, there was a considerable accession of inhabitants, by order of the General Court.
The order does not appear on the records of the Court; but Winthrop says, under date of Aug. 14, 1632, The Braintree
Supposed to be so called because they came from Braintree, a town in Essex, about forty miles from London. Company (which had begun to sit down at Mount Wollaston), by order of court, removed to Newtown.
There were Mr. Hooker's Company.
Savage's Winthrop, i. 87. Mr. Hooker did not arrive until more than a year later; but the members of his flock, who preceded him, in due time again enjoyed his pastoral care. Before their arrival an order was adopted by the inhabitants, in regard to the paling around the common lands; the contemplated assignment of proportions,
ouse, giving it its present seating capacity of 1,040.
The house, thus improved, was rededicated Dec. 15, 1872.
The church, now known as the North Avenue Congregational Church, was organized Sept. 23, 1857, under the auspices of an ecclesiastical council duly convened; it consisted originally of forty-three members.
The first pastor of this church was Rev. William Carruthers, Bowd.
Coll. 1853, who was installed Jan. 2, 1861, and was dismissed Feb. 21, 1866. Rev. David O. Mears, born in Essex, Feb. 22, 1842, A. C. 1865, was ordained and installed Oct. 2, 1867, under whose ministry the growth of the church and congregation has been rapid and substantial.
The following named persons have served this church as Deacons:—
F. E. Whitcomb,
James R. Morse,
William P. Hayward,
H. D. Sweetser,
Henry M. Bird,
Wm. Fox Richardson,
Pilgrim Congregational.—In 1852, a mission Sabbathschool was established under the
in this expedition). June 23, Lieut.-col. Goffe and Major Jonas Bond to provide quarters for the troops of the north of Charles River, appointed to rendezvous at Cambridge.
Mass. Arch., LXXI. 806, 807.
Col. Edmund Goffe submitted a memorial to Lieut.—gov. Dummer, in 1724, when the Province was engaged in a war with the Indians, representing that in the month of July last past, he was commissionated and appointed to be Colonel of all the forces in the western frontiers of Middlesex and Essex, together with the town of Brookfield, by his Honor the Lieutenant Governor, and that he had visited all the stations at great personal expense, and at the hazard of his life; he reported the number of men now in the service of this Government in the towns following, viz.: Dunstable, 40; Dracut, 12; Almsbury, 10; Haverhill, 12; Groton, 14; Lancaster, 14; Turkey-Hills, 12; Rutland, 25; Brookfield, 10; total, 149.
Ibid., LXXII. 169-172. At a later period, Rev. Ammi-Ruhamah Cutter (a Cambri