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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, sen., 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.

Mr. Tufts's reply, under date of “Medford, Dec. 10, 1711,” so reveals certain facts that we transcribe it here:--

To the Selectmen of Medford.
Sirs,--I have considered of the invitation which you, by your town's order, acquainted me they had given me, and also of the offer they had made for my encouragement to settle with them in the work of the ministry, for which I give them thanks; and you may inform the town, I am not indisposed to serve the interests of Christ in this place, and should cheerfully undertake the dispensation and administration of the word and ordinances of God amongst them, but that the circumstances of the town at present are such that I cannot readily and so freely comply with their desire as is to be wished for; but, however, if suitable means were speedily used, and proper attempts made, to satisfy those persons that are averse to my, or any other person's, settling in the work of the ministry in this place, and also if the town will allow me such a salary as I shall think sufficient for my maintenance, I know nothing to the contrary, but I may undertake the work of the ministry amongst them. My desire and prayer to the infinitely wise God for this people is, that he would incline and direct them to do that which will be most for God's glory and their own peace and happiness, both in this and in the world to come.

Mr. Tufts afterwards concluded not to settle; and the town resolved to hear candidates with reference to ordination.

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