His degree of D. D., was the second granted by Harvard, the first being that given to Increase Mather
's pastorate lasted sixty years. Under him General Washington
In his church met the delegates from the towns of the state to frame the constitution of the commonwealth.
In his church, too, on October 17, the First Provincial Congress, presided over by John Hancock, met, and it continued to meet here until its dissolution, December 10.
Here the Committee of Safety held its first meeting, November 2, and here, on February I, 1775, the Second Provincial Congress met, adjourning to Concord
on the 16th.
's portrait, by Copley
, hangs in Memorial Hall.
In 1756 the Fourth Church
of the Society was built.
In it, for over seventy years, were held the public commencements of the college, and in it, too, was given the address of welcome to Lafayette
's time Christ Church was built.
Then, of course, he lost his Church-of-England parishioners.
In 1792 Abiel Holmes
began his long pastorate.
During his time, in 1814, the college first held separate religious services.
It was in Dr. Holmes
' pastorate that the important separation came, from which sprung the First Parish (Unitarian) Church.
Unitarianism had begun, practically, in King's Chapel
, under the teaching of Clark
The people there had given up the English
liturgy and taken one arranged by their own minister, denying belief in the Trinity
For a time this congregation held within itself the seeds of the schism, but presently these were cast abroad on the four winds and took root far and near.
As the new beliefs became manifest, Dr. Holmes
showed his disapproval and was at last compelled