One member of the congregation wrote (November 7, 1849) these words to a relative of the dislodged pastor:—
After hearing his two exquisite sermons—in the morning “Rejoice in the Lord” —in the afternoon “It doth not yet appear” I felt profoundly sad at the thought of his leaving the pulpit . . . We cannot spare such gifts.
During the last six months of his stay in the parish, Mr. Higginson
wrote to a friend:—
The beautiful words “pastor” and “minister” have become almost offensive; but the good thing they used to denote has not. . . .
These last months have something of pain for me, though they go very fast.