It was now the object of the leading minds in the town to compose all differences as soon as possible; but they found that the waves lash the shore after the wind that has raised them has ceased to blow.
Resolved to enjoy the regular ministrations of the word and ordinances, the town passed the following vote, Feb. 17, 1709:--
Whether the town will encourage the preaching of the word amongst us by a free contribution.
Voted in the negative.
This vote showed two points: first, that they would not make the support of public worship to depend on the caprice or selfishness of the people; and, second, that they resolved every one should pay according to his means.
April 11, 1711: “John Whitmore
, Samuel Brooks
, and Stephen Hall, were chosen to see for a supply of preaching in Medford
for the time aforesaid.”
Mr. John Tufts
, son of Mr. Peter Tufts
, of Medford
, proved so acceptable, that the town gave him an invitation, Nov. 12, 1711, to settle on a salary of fifty pounds and strangers' money.
's reply, under date of “Medford
, Dec. 10, 1711,” so reveals certain facts that we transcribe it here:--
afterwards concluded not to settle; and the town resolved to hear candidates with reference to ordination.