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[p. 98] whether the elders of Boston would ordain him, precaution was taken to have him ordained in England so that on his arrival he should have the full legal rights of a Congregational minister. The innovations of this new church seem to us very mild. They consisted, first, in the admission of members to the church without the relation of experiences, upon their confession of the Westminster creed; second, the right of every baptized member who contributed to his maintenance to have a vote in the choice of a minister (previously only men were allowed this right); and third, this church relaxed the very strict baptismal regulations, and permitted the Bible to be read without the comment by the minister. Mr. Colman is further connected with Medford in being the father of the first wife of Rev. Benj. Ebenezer Turell, whose acquaintance we shall make a little later.
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