st in New England, for that at, Plymouth was really in a formative state yet. All of the congregation were not prepared to lay aside the liturgy of the Church of England, and two of them (John and Samuel Browne) protested, and set up a separate worship.
The energetic Endicott promptly arrested the malcontents and sent them to England.
Following up the system adopted at Salem, the emigrants, under the charter of 1630, established Nonconformist churches wherever settlements were planted — Charlestown, Watertown, Boston, Dorchester, etc. At Salem the choice of minister and teacher was made as follows: Every fit member wrote in a note the name whom the Lord moved him to think was fit for pastor, and so likewise for teacher.
Skelton was chosen for the first office.
Higginson for the second.
When they accepted, three or four of the gravest members of the church laid their hands upon Mr. Skelton and Mr. Higginson, using prayer therewith.
Such was the first New England ordination.