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In this year the Precinct required security of their collector. A committee is chosen to meet the committee of the First Parish about the boundary-line between the two parishes. The following paper has been preserved.

Copy of vote of First Parish Cambridge, 1784.

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the First Parish in Cambridge, September 13th, 1784,

Hon'ble Francis Dana, Moderator,
Voted, That the Hon'ble Francis Dana, Wm. Kneeland and Wm. Winthrop, Esqrs., Mr. Caleb Gannett and Dea'n Aaron Hill, be a Committee to examine the orders and Laws, which have heretofore been made by the Court for the purpose of fixing Boundaries between this Precinct and the Second Precinct in this Town; and if upon examination, said Committee find s'd Orders or Laws to interfere they shall consider and report to this Parish a proper Line for a Boundary between the two Parishes; and that this Committee shall have authority to confer and act in concurrence with any Committee which shall be chosen by s'd second Parish for the purpose of fixing Boundaries between the two Parishes, and report at the adjournment of the meeting.


James Munro, Parish Clerk. Cambridge, Sept'r 15th, 1784.


Jan. 20, 1785, a vote was taken to know the minds of the inhabitants, whether they would choose any person or persons to assist the standing committee in the lawsuit in which they are sued, in behalf of said parish, by the Baptists, and it passed in the affirmative.

Nov. 14, 1785. Vote to know the minds of the inhabitants, whether they will pay back again to Gershom Cutter, Stephen Cutter and Charles Cutter, the money which they paid to Seth Stone, collector of taxes in this Precinct, in the month of January last; and the vote was in the negative. Vote to choose a committee of two persons to defend the parish in any lawsuit with the Baptists, if they bring any against it.


On April 26, 1786, the inhabitants made choice of Mr. Jonathan Burr for their minister. Mr. Burr was a graduate of Harvard College in 1784, and married Sarah, daughter of the late Rev. Samuel Cooke, on July 19, 1787. On Aug. 21, 1786, this vote was reconsidered, and Mr. Joshua Paine was chosen for their minister, with a second unsuccessful result. Mr. Paine, H. U. 1784, became minister of Charlestown,

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