fluence on the liberal side of the old Congregational order, as it was then known and spoken of. They are President Kirkland of Harvard College, Dr. Abiel Holmes, of Cambridge, the father of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Dr. Charles Lowell, of Boston, father of James Russell Lowell, and himself a man of note in his day as pastor of the West Church, Rev. Francis Parkman, Rev. James Walker of Charlestown, afterward President of Harvard College, and Rev. Convers Francis, of Watertown, brother of Lydia Maria Child, subsequently a professor in the Divinity School of Harvard College.
His first Sunday as a legal minister of the town was July 13, 1823.
But the narrow majority of 25 was a clear indication of much dissatisfaction at his choice, like the rote of the sea which foretells a storm.
Mr. Bigelow was known to belong to the school of thought in Congregationalism which was called Liberal, and by this time, owing to Channing's outspoken word at Baltimore, and to the drift of events in many a
n Brooks said: Our town rejoiced in a Marm Betty ; but of her, nothing more, which seems to have been a singular omission.
The story of Marm Betty harks back to the ancient mansion across the Mystic, now known as the Royall House, then in Charlestown; and to colonial days.
Marm Betty's name was Elizabeth Francis.
She was the eldest daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Usher) Francis.
Joseph was a younger brother of Nathaniel Francis, the great grandfather of the talented authoress Lydia Maria Child.
It is, however, on the maternal side, that the interest in Marm Betty's memory attaches.
Her mother, Elizabeth Usher, was the youngest daughter of John Usher, Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire, who took up his residence here about 1697, and died in 1726.
She was then about twenty years of age. She had been reared in luxury, and her appearance as she walked the highway from the paternal home and over the great bridge to the market place in Medford, was one of pride and lofty carr