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1835, April 15.

Mr. Damon gives a list of 40 communicants—all that belong to said Church ‘as far as can be ascertained,’ and then follows a list of 7 ‘become communicants by residence among us.’

1844, Jan., 2d Sunday

William Ware commenced his ministry without installation services—resigned 1845.1

1844, January 29.

By Wm. Ware. ‘A record will be kept of births, marriages and deaths as heretofore, but no sufficient reason appears why a record should be made of church meetings, as during the last ministry (Mr. Damon's), any further than shall be necessary to explain an alteration in the constitution of the Church unanimously adopted by the present members to-day.’

The pastor stated that he wished to meet the members of the Church and see if some change could not be effected in the manner in which Christians are admitted to the Lord's Supper. The proposition was readily agreed to, and they came together twice for the purpose. At these two meetings, the principle on which Christians were at present received to communion, and that on which it was believed they ought to be, were fully discussed, and it was unanimously resolved that hereafter ‘All persons should be considered members in full communion of the First Church of Christ in West Cambridge who should subscribe their names to a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.’2

The warrant for the first meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the town of West Cambridge, in 1807, was directed to George Prentiss, a freeholder of said town from the Hon. Aaron Hill, Esq., Justice of the Peace for the county; and at this meeting, held at the new Meeting House in said town, on Thursday, June 11, 1807, at two o'clock, afternoon, Samuel Locke, Esq., was chosen moderator; Thomas Russell, Jr., town clerk; Jonathan Whittemore, Daniel Adams, John Tufts, Samuel Locke, Esq., and William Whittemore, Jr., selectmen; Samuel Butterfield, George Prentiss, and Noah Russell, overseers of the poor; John Adams, town treasurer; George Prentiss and Charles Cutter, constables; Benjamin Locke, Amos Frost and Noah Russell, surveyors of highways; Caleb Cole and Jonathan Butterfield, surveyors of lumber; James Hill and John Tufts, fence-viewers; William Whittemore, Jr., Nathaniel Hill, George Prentiss, Jr., Miles Gardner, firewards; Samuel Butterfield, Jr., Ephraim Cooke, 3d, James Cutter, John Frost, Jr., and

1 Rev. William Ware died at Cambridge, 19 Feb. 1852, a. 54. He was son of Rev. Henry Ware, D. D., and was b. at Hingham 3 Aug. 1797; was ordained pastor of the Unitarian Church in New York 18 Dec. 1821, dismissed 19 Sept. 1836. Invited to West Cambridge Dec. 1843, dismissed 1845.—Palmer.

2 For continuation of sketch, see chapter on Religious Societies.

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