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[271] and was followed, in 1849, by Rev. Willard Smith, who, in labors more abundant, was an instrument, in the hands of God, of an untold amount of good in this portion of God's heritage. He labored here two years; and tears, such as were shed for Paul, expressed. the sorrow felt at his departure.

During the years 1851-2, the station was filled by Rev. A. D. Morrill, who, as usual, labored with his whole soul for the spiritual benefit of his charge.

In the year 1853, Rev. John Perkins, in the spirit of his Master, and with tender love and zeal, performed the duties of pastor.

He was followed by Rev. Charles Noble; who was succeeded by Rev. Edward S. Best, to whose watch-care it is now intrusted.

A prosperous and interesting sabbath school has, from the first, been connected with the church, where much good has been done for the rising generation.

Since the commencement of the present year (1855), the house has been neatly repaired, and now presents an inviting aspect to those who worship there.

Baptist Society.

The origin of the first Baptist Society in Medford was in the summer of 1840, when a number of persons of the Baptist persuasion, some of whom had long been residents in the town, associated themselves together for the purpose of sustaining the preaching of the gospel, and especially for opening a place of worship for the special accommodation of the many strangers who patrolled our streets and thronged the public square on the sabbath. The use of the Town Hall was secured; and public worship commenced on the 16th of August, 1840. The Rev. Dr. Lucius M. Bolles, of Boston, Secretary of the Baptist Missionary Union, officiated as clergyman, and preached to an interested and attentive audience.

The meetings were continued, with growing zeal, until late in the summer of 1841, when a church was formed, consisting of twelve members; and George W. Bosworth, a graduate of the Newton Theological Institution, was invited to become its pastor. A council of delegates from neighboring

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