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[178] preaching on the ensuing Sabbath at Miss Bradshaw's house. Services were held in the meeting-house of the Baptist Society four Sabbath evenings, and a hall was afterward used as a place of worship. Nov. 20, 1842, a meeting was held at a private house to consider the expediency of forming a church, and it was unanimously voted expedient to organize an Orthodox Congregational Church in West Cambridge. A council for the purpose was held Dec. 14, 1842, and the public services of the organization were held in the Baptist Church. Nov. 29, 1844, the Society dedicated its meeting-house; the lot on which it stands being the generous gift of Miss Anna Bradshaw. The house, after being repaired and enlarged at an expense equalling its original cost, was re-opened for worship on Nov. 15 1857.1

The ministers of this Society have been:—

Francis Horton, installed May 17, 1843; dismissed March 29, 1854. Daniel R. Cady, installed Feb. 14, 1856; dismissed July 1, 1877.

J. Lewis Merrill, present minister, installed Jan. 3, 1878.

The deacons of the church previous to 1859, were—

Luke Wyman and Miles Gardner, elected 1842.

John Field2 and Joseph Burrage, elected 1857.

1 See Church Manual. The original members of the church were Rev. Thaddeus Fiske, D. D., Miles Gardner, Jonathan Teel, Thomas Teel, Edwin R. Walker, Luke Wyman, John Williams, Luke Wyman, Jr., James Wyman, Mrs. Lucy Fiske, Mrs. Lydia Teel, Mrs. Lydia T. Richardson, Mrs. Adeline W. Dodge, Miss Susan F. Teel, Miss Lydia T. Gardner, Miss Almira Gardner, Mrs. Lydia Gardner, Mrs. Mary Frost, Miss Anna Bradshaw, Mrs. Ellen Bartlett, Mrs. Rebecca Williams, Miss Lucy Davis, Mrs. E. C. Proctor, Miss Catherine H. Pollard [Mrs. Symmes], Mrs. Mary Brown, Mrs. Frances A. Thompson, Mrs. Mary Ann Wyman, Mrs. Rebecca A. Drury, Mrs. Amy Locke, Mrs. Eliza Osborn, Mrs. Electa B. Hill, Mrs. Ruthy Wyman, Mrs. H. M. Bemis. 33.

2 John Field went to Boston from Peterborough, N. H., in 1831, and engaged in the hide and leather business under the firm of Field & Converse, in which he was eminently successful. He died July 31, 1876, aged 66. See portrait and sketch in History of Peterborough, N. H. He was remarkable for his systematic generosity to benevolent objects. He quietly gave his name and his influence to every good word and work.

Rev. Daniel R. Cady, D. D., d. at Westboroa, May 17, 1879. He was born in Malta, Saratoga Co., N. Y., Oct. 8, 1813, and graduated at Williams College in 1838. After studying and practising law two years, he studied for the ministry, and graduated at Andover in 1846. He was ordained at Rutland, Mass., the same year, and preached there four years; was then settled in Westboro, and remained there from 1849 to 1866; then settled in Arlington till 1877, then returned and passed the remainder of his life in Westboroa. He was a man of sound judgment and lovely Christian spirit, careful in his statements, never speaking ill of people, and slow to believe aught against any. He was also a man of thorough culture and a good preacher.

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