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Nehemiah Estabrook

Ephraim Cook

Thomas Eliot

Charles Cutter

Gershom Cutter, jr.

Andrew Cutter

Daniel Reed

Ebenezer Swan, senior

Gershom Swan

Benjamin Wilson

William Locke

Benjamin Locke, jr.

Ebenezer Hill

Simeon Crosby

Cambridge, July 21, 1787.

Thomas Green, Pastor of the Baptist Society in said place.

For the Committee of the Northwest Parish in Cambridge.


Mr. Thaddeus Fiske's answer is recorded in the Precinct Book:

To the People of the Church and Congregation of the North West Parish in Cambridge. In answer to the invitation you have given me to settle with you in the work of the ministry, I, in the first place, return you my most hearty thanks, especially for the many instances of your friendship, esteem and affection. The sincerity and ardency of your desires are completely manifested in the disposition you have shown, and your willingness to do whatever the heart of a reasonable man can wish. And in considering your invitation in every point of view, I find my duty and happiness unite in the acceptance. And as you have agreed to be satisfied in the choice of me as your minister, and being induced by the encouragement you have offered, and in confirmation of the contract we have made, I now accept of your invitation. And being fully convinced that in the promotion of your prosperity, peace and happiness, I shall increase my own, I do cheerfully devote myself, my strength and future years to you, my fathers and brethren, in the service of my Maker, and our Common Lord and Master. Under the protection and blessing of Almighty God, being assisted by him who is the Great Shepherd and head of the Church, and being indulged with your prayers, I hope I may be a happy instrument, as a minister of the Gospel, to advance the Redeemer's kingdom, and promote the Glory of God in the world, that I may serve you faithfully all the appointed time of my days. And that in the morning of the Resurrection, I may be enabled to appear, and say, here, Lord, am I, and here are the souls which thou hast given me!

Continuation from Church Records:

1788, March 9. At a meeting of the Church held this day, 1st. Voted to choose a committee of the church to wait on the Rev. Mr. Fiske to consult with him what churches he would have sent to in order for his ordination. 2d. Voted to choose Messrs. Capt. Ephraim Frost, Deacons Thomas Hall and Joseph Adams, Mr. Samuel Whittemore, jr. and Mr. Ammi Cutter a committee for the above purpose and to sign letters missive to the churches invited.

Ammi Cutter, Clerk of s'd Church.

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