Aug. 24, 1739, William Russell, John Fillebrown and Jonathan Butterfield were chosen a committee to sign letters to the neighboring churches in order to Mr. Cooke's ordination. Dec. 12, 1739, it was voted Mr. Cooke's salary shall begin on the 1st day of July, 1739. After the settlement of Mr. Cooke, the affairs of the Precinct were very uniform, and little was entered on record for many years besides the choice of officers and the necessary routine business.
In the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, is preserved a copy of the pamphlet, title-page of which is as follows: ‘Minister's should Carefully avoid giving Offence in any Thing.— Inculcated in a Sermon Preached at Cambridge, September 12, 1739, when the Reverend Mr. Samuel Cooke was ordained Pastor of a Church of Christ newly gathered in that Part of the Town called Menotomy.—By Ebenezer Turell, A. M., Pastor of the Church in Medford.—1 Tim. III. 2. A Bishop must be blameless. 1 Cor. x. 32. Give no offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God.—Boston: Printed by J. Draper, for J. Edwards in Cornhill. Mdccxl.’ Text, 2 Cor. VI. 3. Pp. 29.
1740Among some remarks found in Rev. Samuel Cooke's diary is the following: ‘1740, Jan. 27. Preached twice—Heb. 11:6=vespere—conversed with Mr. Ammi R. Cutter.’
This was the noted Ammi R. Cutter, youngest brother of Dea. John Cutter, baptized at Cambridge, May 6, 1705, a graduate of Harvard College 1725, first settled minister of North Yarmouth (in Maine) 1730 to 1735, afterward a physician and keeper of a trading-house for the Indians, and captain in the Massachusetts forces at Cape Breton in 1745, where he died in the military service in 1746.