were closely linked to those of the First Church
Church and State were one in those days; Christo et Ecclesiae
was the college motto.
In 1638 Newtowne became Cambridge
, and the same year the college was called Harvard
Its first leader, Nathaniel Eaton
, for maltreating his pupils was dismissed, and for a time Samuel Shepard
administered the college affairs.
In 1664, however, Henry Dunster
He was a member of Shepard Church, as was also Elijah Corlet
, master of the “Faire Grammar School,” on the site of which the Washington Grammar School
In 1642 the first college commencement was held in the First Church
In 1649 a new church was erected on nearly the present site of Dane Hall at Harvard Square. In this same year, before the church was completed, Mr. Shepard
We have the record of him as “the holy, heavenly, sweet-affecting, soul-ravishing preacher.”
Next to Shepard
, almost equally celebrated for piety and eloquence.
and Richard Baxter
praise him highly, and President Increase Mather
said to his students, “Say, each of you, Mitchel
shall be the example whom I will imitate.”
During this pastorate, Dunster
was convicted of Anabaptist views and was compelled to resign in 1654.
In 1671 Uriah Oakes
came over from England
to be pastor.
After the enforced resignation of President Hoar
was appointed superintendent and later president (1679).
In 1717 came to the church Rev. Nathaniel Appleton
, interesting as one who “fell on stirring times.”
At his installation Cotton and Increase Mather