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4th. What measures the society shall take towards procuring and constituting members thereof.

Hereof fail not, and make return hereof at the time and place appointed of your doings herein.

Given under my name and seal this ninth day of February, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty-four.

Francis Tufts, Justice of the Peace.

Pursuant to the foregoing warrant, I have notified and warned said applicants to meet at the said place in the mode prescribed and for the purpose mentioned in said warrant.


Middlesex, ss., February 16, 1854.
Subscribed and sworn to before me.

Francis Tufts, Justice of the Peace.

Under this warrant, a meeting was duly held in the little schoolhouse which stood at the junction of Shawmut and Medford streets, a constitution was adopted, and the First Universalist Society of Somerville was legally established February 16, 1854, Edwin Munroe, Jr., being the moderator, Charles Williams, clerk, with Edwin Munroe, Jr., Reuben Horton, Erastus E. Cole, standing committee, Edwin Munroe, Jr., treasurer, and Joseph Q. Twombly, collector.

At this first meeting Charles Tufts offered the society the lot of land upon which the present building stands, which was accepted. A committee to solicit subscriptions for a church was also appointed, the standing committee, the collector, together with Abel Fitz, Francis Russell, and Ira Thorpe constituting the same. At this meeting George Fogg, John Hunnewell, George W. Ireland, Charles Bird, Jr., and Abram Welch were voted into the society. Charles Williams, Jr.'s, name was added March 1, 1854.

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