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[18] a noticeable fact that the name of Charles Tufts does not appear on the list of members, neither does there appear to be any mention of his name, except in connection with the real estate transactions of the parish.

Up to 1861, including the annual meeting of 1861, only ten names were voted into the parish,—Reuben Carver, Charles H. Delano, John F. Ayer, Josiah Jennings, Addison Smith, Henry Bradshaw, in 1859; David Elliot, in 1860; Benoni Bixby, Edward Turner, Charles F. Potter, in 1861.

In February, 1859, the standing committee were instructed ‘to engage Rev. David H. Clark for one year, at such price as they can agree on,’ and at the annual meeting in March of that year, the action of the committee was approved, and Mr. Clark became the pastor. Mr. Clark was a young man, this being, I think, his first settlement; he gave general satisfaction, possessing many of the essentials of a successful minister, and the society flourished under his administration. He lived in a small house a little way up the railroad, just opposite where the Central Fire Station is, and, together with a sister, did the honors of the parsonage and answered the calls of the parish.

At the time of the coming of Mr. Clark, steps were taken to raise funds for ‘a more suitable and commodious house of worship’; a committee was chosen to solicit subscriptions, and in March of that year (1859) the committee reported $3,125 subscribed. The result of their continued effort was that the second house of worship,—the first regular meeting-house,—was completed. It was a wooden structure, having some claim to architectural beauty, which, unfortunately, the present building has not, and the parish was very comfortably housed.

On January 26, 1860, the church was formally dedicated, with the following order of exercises:—

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