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In response to the above, the said justice issued the following warrant:—

Commonwealth of Massachusetts,

Middlesex, ss.
To Ira Thorpe, of Somerville, in said County of Middlesex. Greeting:
Whereas, application in writing has been made to me, Francis Tufts, Esquire, a justice of the peace within and for the County of Middlesex, by Charles Williams and eleven other persons, all legal voters in said Somerville, and declaring themselves to be inhabitants of Somerville aforesaid, of whom you are one, to call a meeting of said applicants, for the purpose of organizing themselves into a religious society in said Somerville;

You are therefore hereby ordered to warn Charles Williams, Erastus E. Cole, Reuben Horton, Edwin Munroe, Jr., David Russell, Francis Russell, James S. Runey, J. Q. Twombly, Robert Burrows, David P. Horton, and Alfred Horton, the said applicants, to meet at the committee room, so called, on Medford street, in said Somerville, at seven o'clock in the afternoon of Thursday, the sixteenth day of February instant, by reading this warrant to them severally seven days, at least, before the said sixteenth day of February, then and there to organize themselves into a religious society, by choosing a clerk, two or more assessors, a treasurer and collector, and such other officers as may by said parties be then thought necessary, and qualifying them severally, as required by law; and after such organization to take into consideration:—

1st. The name by which said society shall be called.

2nd. The expediency of procuring a house of public worship, and to adopt such measures in relation thereto as may then and there be thought proper.

3rd. The expediency of settling a minister, and taking measures for his support and maintenance.


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