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.
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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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