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“ [337] porches; doors and windows to be painted three times; leads and pulleys in the windows. The whole cost not to exceed £ 933. 6s. 8d.” This plan was adopted, and the house built on the spot now occupied by the meeting-house of the first church. Another important vote was passed, providing that a subscription should be opened, and the citizen who subscribed the most towards building the house should have his first choice of a pew; and so the rest, in the order of their relative sums. Forty-five gentlemen subscribed. March. 13, 1769, voted to have a spire, whose cost should “not exceed £ 66. 13s. 4d.” May 15, 1769, voted “that there may be conducting-rods put upon the steeple, if they cost the town nothing.” Price of labor at this time, for a man, 3s. 6d. per day; for man and team, 6s. 8d.

By the usual courtesy, the pastor took the first choice, and selected pew No. 27; which thereupon became the “minister's pew,” owned by the town.

The pews in the meeting-house were chosen “according to the vote of the town and the tenor of subscription,” Feb. 8, 1770, as follows :--

Thomas Brooks, jun.No. 1
John Bishop2
Stephen Hall3
Aaron Hall4
Ebenezer Hall5
John Wade6
Samuel Hall7
Watts Turner8
William Tufts, 3d9
William Tufts10
Simon Bradshaw11
Samuel Angier12
Francis Burns13
Zachary Pool14
Jonathan Patten15
E. Hall16
Nathan Tufts17
Samuel Tufts, 2d18
Benjamin Teal19
Timothy Tufts20
Henry Fowle21
James Tufts22
Richard Hall23
Isaac Hall24
Thomas Seccombe25
Benjamin Hall26
Minister's Pew27
Isaac Royal28
Timothy Newhall29
Peter Jones30
Nathan Tufts, jun.31
Timothy Hall32
Hezekiah Blanchard33
Thomas Patten34
Joseph Thompson35
Henry Putnam36
Seth Blodget37
Willis Hall38
Jacob Hall39
John Leathe40
Samuel Jenks41
Andrew Hall42
Isaac Warren43
Isaac Greenleaf44
Samuel Kidder45
Simon Tufts46
Ebenezer Blanchard47
Edward Brooks48

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