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1739, Dec. 7

Voted by this Church, that their Pastor & Deacons be appointed to give the thanks of this Church to the first Church in Cambridge, for their respect and kindness to us, in giving twenty-five pounds towards procuring utensils for our communion table; and also to Mrs. Rebecca Whitmore of Medford, who gave six pounds for the same use.1

The Rev. Samuel Cooke, who was a native of Hadley, born January 11, 1709, in an autobiographical account in 1778, writes:

I began to learn Latin in 1720, but being then the only son I was called off to the farm till a brother, born almost out of season, and growing, allowed me to resume my study in the year 1729. I entered Harvard College in 1731—had my first degree, 1735—kept school part of a year at Roxbury—one year and a part was in the College Buttery—Nov. 1737, went to Col. Royall's, Medford, for a year to instruct his son—and in 1738 returned to College. I then preached six months at Marlborough,2 and six at Roxbury and Menotomy. In May, 1739, I received a call to settle in the ministry in this place. In July I gave my answer, and on September 12, 1739, I was ordained the first minister of this Second Precinct in Cambridge.

The Church was gathered the preceding Sabbath by the Rev. John Hancock, of Lexington, and consisted of eighty-three members— eighty of which were from the Cambridge Church, and three had belonged to other churches. I boarded the first year in the family of Mr. Joseph Adams, at 10s. per week—silver being then 26s. per ounce.

The terms of Mr. Cooke's settlement were two hundred and sixty pounds, and one hundred and ninety pounds salary, in the depreciated currency of the time. One hundred and thirty pounds of the settlement money were to be paid six months after his ordination, and the remainder at the end of one year after his ordination. William Russell, John Fillebrown, Henry Dunster and John Winship were a committee to wait on Mr. Cooke, and desire his answer. In order to receive it at the meeting-house, an adjournment of four weeks was effected.

His answer, recorded in the Precinct Book, was as follows:

Cambridge, June 30, 1739.

Upon deliberate consideration of your invitation to the work of the ministry among you, I have determined to accept it; taking it for

1 ‘On this occasion, the First Church in Cambridge voted, that £ 25 be given out of the Church Stock to the Second Church in Cambridge, to furnish their communion table in a decent manner.’—Holmes, quoted by Paige.

2 See Hudson's Marlborough, 126, for mention of him.

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