by Dr. Caner
, rector of King's Chapel
The aid granted, these gentlemen proceeded,in 1761, to the erection of a church, over which Rev.
East Apthorp was made rector.
The architect of the church was Mr. Peter Harrison
, Newport, R. I.
, who also designed King's Chapel
(ten years earlier), and the Redwood Library
and City Hall in Newport
The land was bought, the rear half from James Reed
, the rest from the owners of the common.
Some say the pillars were turned on the common, but certain it is that the frame was not brought from England
Expense was not spared in furnishing the church.
A fine organ, made John Snetzler
, a bell weighing over fifteen hundred pounds, a silver christening basin from the rector's mother, a folio Bible from Mrs. Faneuil
, and two folio prayerbooks from Mr. Lechmere
, were the chief gifts.
Of these all but the organ and bell are now preserved and can be seen.
The organ was broken, its pipes scattered, by vandal hands in 1778; the bell was recast in 1831, and again recast in the chime (with its old inscription) in 1859.
Near the door were put two small pews for the wardens, whose wands of office stood in the corners, and these pews still remain.
In 1761 the church was opened, although, owing to the absence of any bishop, it could have no true consecration.
At this service, a prayer for George III.
was, of course, said.
All but one or two of these first members were Tories later, and their houses, on Brattle street, were known as Tory Row or Church Row.
Besides these Tory Row people, Richard Lechmere
, Benjamin Faneuil
(brother of Peter), James
and Thomas Apthorp
(brothers of East), Madame Temple
and her son Robert, Brig-