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[118] time, gave an affectionate and respectful testimonial of the good character and long and faithful services of their Pastor. For a full account of all the proceedings relative to the resignation of Dr. Fiske, see the Parish Records.

May 14, 1828.

At a meeting of the Church—chose Jeduthun Wellington moderator and Miles Gardner Clerk pro tem. On motion, voted unanimously that the following resolve be accepted and a copy of the same given to the Rev. Doct. Fiske—viz.:

To all whom these presents may come. Whereas it has become expedient for reasons stated in a communication made to the church and congregation of West Cambridge, by the Rev. Dr. Fiske, Pastor of said Church, that his pastoral relation be dissolved by mutual consent, and that Mr. Miles Gardner, the Parish Clerk, be a committee from the church to express to him the due sense we have of his long and faithful services among us and the deep regret we feel that existing circumstances should dissolve a union which has been so endearing to us by time. And during forty years of his ministry he has maintained a fair character as a man and as a christian in the performance of his various and arduous duties; and has been an example of the believer in word, in conversation, in faith, in benevolence, in humility, in purity and in piety. And it is our ardent and fervent wish that his life may be prolonged to do good; that the infirmities of age may rest upon him with joy and hope. And that many blessings and comforts may attend him in his retirement from his pastoral labors among us. West Cambridge, May 14, 1828.

1828, May 26.

Mr. Miles Gardner chosen Deacon. After the death of Dea. John Adams, Ephraim Cutter assisted Dea. Frost in his duties, and, at some time not recorded, was chosen deacon and served as such till his death, March 31, 1841.

[Apr. 8, 1841.

Voted that Bros. Emerson Parks and Henry Whittemore make provision for the communion and till a deacon or deacons be chosen.]

1829, May 20.

Frederic H. Hedge ordained minister of Church and Parish, West Cambridge. Dismissed March 9, 1835. A few more particulars, from the records, regarding Dr. Hedge's ministry are inserted in a note.1

1 The Rev. Frederic Henry Hedge was ordained minister of the Congregational Church and Parish in West Cambridge, May 20, 1829. The churches invited to assist in his ordination actually represented, were as follows: University Church; Dr. Lowell's, Boston; Third in Roxbury; Church in Brookline; Mr. Emerson's, Boston; Mr. Palfrey's, Boston; Mr. Brazer's, Salem; Church in Watertown; Church in Medford; Church in Brighton; Mr. Ripley's, Waltham; Mr. Whitman's, do.; Church in Lexington; Church in Weston; Church in Cambridgeport. The public services of the occasion were performed by the following persons: Introductory Prayer, Rev. Mr. Austin; Sermon, Rev. Mr. Francis; Ordaining Prayer, Rev. Dr. Gray; Charge, Rev. Dr. Pierce; Right Hand of Fellowship, Rev. Mr. Ripley; Address to the People, Rev. Mr. Briggs; Concluding Prayer, Rev. Mr. Stetson. Dr. Gray moderator, and Mr. Gannett scribe of the Council.

Mr. Hedge kept no records during his ministry. Added to the church during Mr. Hedge's ministry:

Mrs. Sally Locke, wife of Amos Locke.

Miss Harriet Eddy.

Mr. Emerson Parks and his wife.

Mr. Samuel L. Cutter and his wife.

Mrs. Russell, wife of Walter Russell.

On Wednesday, May 21, 1879, the fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of Dr. Frederic H. Hedge, who on the 20th of May, 1829, entered upon his first pastorate, was celebrated by the First Congregational Parish. He was the first Unitarian minister settled over the society, and the anniversary celebration was made notable by his presence. The exercises of the evening began with an organ voluntary, and an anthem by male voices. Rev. Richard Metcalf of Winchester, read selections from scripture and offered prayer. The choir of male voices sang an appropriate hymn, and Dr. Hedge was then introduced by the pastor. He gave an intensely interesting account of his ordination and installation, and read a well-preserved copy of the programme used on that occasion, commenting as he read. The examination of the candidate was held in the hotel, and at its conclusion a procession was formed, embracing a very large proportion of the people of the town, who marched to the church, headed by a brass band. At that time Dr. Hedge was twenty-three years old. In the course of his remarks he paid a glowing tribute to the memories of Squire Russell, Ammi Cutter, Dr. Wellington, James Brown, and others, all of whom, as well as every one of the ministers who had a part in the installation exercises, have passed on to the other world. He referred to the separation between the Universalists and Unitarians, which, causing a division of the funds and greatly reducing his salary, was the primary cause of his leaving his charge after a pastorate of five years.

Dr. Hedge established the first Sunday-School connected with the church, and awakened interest enough to maintain a lyceum. After a lapse of a few years the society again extended to him a call to become its pastor, but he was compelled to decline. The offer of the position, however, had always been a pleasant remembrance to him.

Judge William E. Parmenter followed with remarks on the present condition of the parish. Rev. R. R. Shippen, secretary of the American Unitarian Association, spoke of Dr. Hedge's career. The exercises in the church closed with prayer by Prof. E. J. Young of Cambridge, and the benediction by Dr. Hedge. The company was then invited to the vestry, where a substantial collation was spread, and there an hour was spent socially.—Arlington Advocate.

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