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Seth Stone is again chosen sexton, and declined, and Solomon Bowman was chosen instead. Bowman's duties are described on his election the following year, when he was given compensation for ringing the bell, and taking charge of the meeting-house. Bowman was also sexton in 1793.


It was voted to divide the schools into three wards, and a committee of nine was chosen to take the charge of said schools and regulate the same.1
‘1792, April 19. At a church meeting, after a sermon preached from Acts 6:3, Ephraim Frost, Jr. and John Adams were chosen deacons, and took their seat May 20.’—Church Records.


Liberty was given to set a number of trees, &c., around the meeting-house, in this Precinct, under the direction of the committee.


Phineas Child was chosen sexton, and continued in that office till 1807. His salary was ten dollars in 1799. He died April 19, 1807, aged 53, and on April 20, 1807, his successor was appointed. See 1807.


A committee chosen to paint the meeting-house, and directed to paint the outside of said house the same color as Mr. Thomas Russell's, and the inside a stone color.

Mr. Fiske published a Thanksgiving Discourse, 1795.— Sprague's Annals, i. 519.2

1 ‘Among the few papers left by my father, is a report, taken down at the time by him, as secretary, of the meeting held Feb. 24, 1792, at Thomas Green's School House, in regard to support of schools, the purchasing a small library, and whether the meetings shall be held in turn in each of the wings: Francis Locke was moderator. The speakers were Jonathan and Francis Locke, A. Cutter, Joseph Shaw, Thomas Knox, S. Peirce, J. Estabrooks and William Locke, all of whom lived in the upper part of the town. The speeches have now no interest. The report makes fifteen pages of a small blank book.’ —Letter of J. B. Russell. This was probably a neighborhood meeting, preliminary to a regular Precinct meeting.

2 The title is as follows: ‘Thanksgiving and Prayer for Public Rulers, recommended in a Discourse, delivered at the Second Parish in Cambridge, February 19, 1796, being the day of National Thanksgiving in the United States. By Thaddeus Fiske, A. M., Pastor of the Second Church in Cambridge. Published by Request of the Hearers. Boston, Mdccxcv:’ Pp. 20.

Another published discourse of his soon after was ‘A Sermon delivered December 29, 1799, at the Second Parish in Cambridge, being the Lord's Day immediately following the melancholy Intelligence of the Death of General George Washington, late President of the United States of America. Published by Request. By Thaddeus Fiske, A. M., Boston, 1800.’ Pp. 21.

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