fit. The centenarian recollects hearing the sermon, and when it was read to him in 1848 it was fresh in his memory.1
In this year Mr. Cooke preached the sermon at the ordination of Rev. William Symmes, at Andover. See Abbot's Hist. of Andover, p. 102. This sermon was printed, and the following is the title: ‘The Charge of St. Paul to the Elders of the Church of Ephesus.—Illustrated in a Sermon preached at the Ordination of the Reverend Mr. William Symmes, to the Pastoral Care of the First Church of Christ in Andover, Nov. 1, 1758.—By Samuel Cooke, A. M., Pastor of the Second Church of Cambridge.—2 Cor. i. 21. Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God. 1 Tim. IV. 16. Take heed unto thyself, and unto thy Doctrine.—Boston: Printed by Green & Russell, opposite the Probate Office in Queen Street. Mdcclix.’ Pp. 23.—Letter of S. F. Haven, Librarian of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.
1759On Nov. 7, 1759, died Deacon John Winship, aged 66 years; Elizabeth, his wife, dying Oct. 8, 1759, aged 58; and Noah, their son, dying Oct. 18, 1759, aged 25 years. On the death of these, the Rev. Mr. Cooke preached a sermon on Nov. 11, 1759, from Ps. 27:10, the original draft being still extant. See Genealogies.
The death of Deacon Winship was the occasion of the following event, entered on the Church Records: ‘1759, Dec. 5. At a Church Meeting, after a sermon preached from Acts 6:3, Thomas Hall and Joseph Adams, Jr., were chosen Deacons; and took their seat Dec. 23d.’