here has been an increasing tendency to give full details as to what occurred at each meeting.
In 1850 appears this record showing that a happy relation existed between this society and the First Parish:
Our meeting-house and vestry being under repair, and our church and congregation holding public service on Sundays with the First Parish (Rev. Mr. Pierpont) in this town, there were no regular meetings of the church in May and June.
May 22, 1851, it was voted to receive Bro. Sumner Ellis.
This man subsequently won fame as a minister and writer in the Universalist church.
May 4, 1862, this doleful record appears:
A cloud seems to have settled down upon the church—the awful cloud of war, which has enveloped the whole nation in its blighting, withering grasp; and inasmuch as this church has been accessory or conniving to it (with the majority of other churches throughout the land), so is the curse following us in the loss of the pure, peaceful, quickening spirit of th