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Third meeting-house.

Third meeting-house, 1770.

The increase and prosperity of the town called for a new meeting-house; but the trying question was, Where shall it be placed? As the majority of the inhabitants were east of the old meeting-house, it was but right to place the new one nearer the centre of population. In 1768, it was proposed to build it “between the Meeting-house Brook, so called, and the widow Mary Greenleaf's.” This was abandoned. April 4 of the same year, it was voted by the town thus: “When the town builds a meeting-house, they will build said house upon the widow Watson's orchard, before her dwelling-house, provided said land can be procured on reasonable terms.” This proposition was no more successful than the last. Aug. 22, 1768: “Voted to build a meeting-house on land bought of Mr. John Bishop; the house to be of the following dimensions: sixty-six feet long, forty-six feet wide, with forty-eight pews on the floor, and eight in the gallery; with a tower from the ground, without a spire; two ”

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