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[14] fire, and to get a cent's worth of yeast one had to go to East Cambridge or Charlestown.

Other than brick-making, no mechanical work of any magnitude was carried on. The farmers were much in evidence, and the simple habits and neighborly customs of a country village prevailed. Out from the homes of this quiet community there came a few good men and devoted women, who, seeking a larger light, and ‘desiring to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ,’ took upon themselves the praiseworthy and agreeable duty of inaugurating a movement which enabled them to attain these cherished objects. Accordingly, on the fourteenth day of February, 1854, to a justice of the peace was sent the following communication:—

To Francis Tufts, Esq., Justice of the Peace:—
The undersigned, inhabitants of the town of Somerville, and legal voters therein, desire to form themselves into a religious society, to be known and called the First Universalist Society in Somerville, and request you to take the proper legal steps to accomplish this object by issuing a warrant, calling a meeting at the committee rooms on Medford street, on Wednesday evening, February 15, 1854.

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