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[41] real estate of their grandfather, the Rev. John Cotton, of Newton, deceased, for the reasons mentioned. The second mention signifies the request was granted. See volume of Journal, for the time named, pp. 246, 248.


Nos. 905 and 906 of Mr. Cooke's discourses are minutes of sermons on Acts 9:6, and both dated Mar. 16, 1766. Nos. 973 and 974, on Rom. 3:1, 2, are minutes of sermons for Nov. 30, 1766.

Ephraim Frost was captain, William Cutler lieutenant, and Daniel Brown ensign of the train-band in Menotomy in 1766.— Paige.


In 1767 the piece of common land in the Northwest Precinct in Cambridge, where the meeting-house for public worship and the burying-place now are, was granted to said Northwest Precinct for a burying-place and for accommodation of said meeting-house.—Proprietors' Records.

Mar. 4, 1767, a vote was passed to fence the burying-place with a stone-wall, and to do it by subscription. It was also voted to take a part of the money received from the town, to keep four women's schools in the Precinct. In 1771 it was voted that the wall to fence the burying-place be accomplished in twelve months from May 27, 1771.

The following work by Mr. Cooke is catalogued in Harvard University Library: ‘Samuel Cooke, Dudleian Lecture on Natural Religion, Ms. 4to., 1767.’ The title-page of this production is—‘1767. Mr. Cooke's Sermon At the annual Dudleian Lecture in Harvard College, Cambridge, May 13, 1767.’ For an account of the Dudleian Lecture, see Quincy's Hist. Harv. Unit., II. 139-40. The topics are now of very little interest.


Nos. 1140 and 1141 of Mr. Cooke's discourses are minutes of sermons on Heb. 12:25, for Sept. 16, 1768, repeated Aug. 25, 1771, and Jan. 31, 1779.

In this year it was voted to keep a Grammar School fourteen weeks at the school-house in the Precinct, between Nov. 1, 1768, and April 1, 1769. The remainder of the town's money granted the Precinct for schools, was applied to the support of four women's schools, and, as usual with every appropriation, committees were appointed to expend it.

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