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Mr. Thaddeus Fiske ordained to the work of the Gospel ministry in the Second parish in Cambridge, April 23, 1788.

The Churches that assisted in the solemnity were the First and Third Churches in Cambridge, and the Churches of Lexington, Medford, Watertown, Waltham, Brookline, Weston and Brookfield.

Introductory Prayerby the Rev. Mr. Kendall, of Weston.
Sermonby the Rev. Doct. Fiske of Brookfield.
Chargeby the Rev. Mr. Cushing, of Waltham.
Right Hand of Fellowshipby the Rev. Mr. Hilliard, of Cambridge.
Ordaining Prayerby the Rev. Mr. Clark, of Lexington.
Concluding Prayerby the Rev. Mr. Osgood, of Medford.1


Voted to choose a committee to assist Samuel Cutter, Jr., in a lawsuit with Lemuel Blanchard, which took rise on his making distress on him for a parish tax. That a committee of three persons be appointed to repair to the General Court, or any committee thereof, to show cause why Joshua Kendall with his estate, should not be set off from the Second Parish of the town of Cambridge, agreeable to his petition. A legacy given by John Butterfield to the parish is mentioned on the records for this year, and Seth Stone is chosen sexton.

The matter regarding the legacy of John Butterfield, entered on a page by itself in the Precinct book, is inserted in a note.2

1 ‘The labors, duties, and trials of a minister, the substance of which is recited in this sermon, were discoursed upon by the author, and which he then conceived were in prospect before him, on Lord's day, May 4, 1788, being the first sabbath of his preaching after his ordination, from these words in Acts XX. 24: “For none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God!” ’— Fiske's Anniversary Discourse, April 23, 1809, note, pp. 5-6. In the month of November, 1788, after entering on his work, Mr. Fiske was visited with a fever, which brought him to the verge of death. During the space of four months he was wholly taken off from his labors. In March, 1804, he was visited with a return of the same fever, by which he was unable to preach for five sabbaths.—Anniversary Discourse.

2 The following is an extract of a legacy of a will of John Butterfield, late of Cambridge, deceased, viz.:—

I declare it to be my will that upon my wife's decease the sum of one hundred pounds, old tenor, be given to the Second Precinct in Cambridge, to be put out at interest by said parish for its use forever, to be paid by the brothers out of my estate.

John Butterfield [and seal].
Witnesses: Daniel Russell, Samuel Cooke, Hannah Robbins.
Copy attest: Thomas Russell, Parish Clerk.

The above was John Butterfield, who died Jan. 6, 1749, e. 60, whose wife Mary married Abraham Watson, Jan. 4, 1760, and died here Mar. 4, 1789, aged 93.— See Genealogies.

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