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‘[p. 101] the inhabitants in said town, that it seems hopeless to us of gaining Mr. Woodbridge to give any competent satisfaction to the offended persons after long waiting and many means used; and whereas the obligation of the town to Mr. Woodbridge was conditional referring to his salary as abovesaid, and he not performing the condition on his part, therefore, put to vote whether they will thereupon make null and void and of none effect the votes relating to Mr. Woodbridge's salary so far as they had reference to a settled minister, notwithstanding any vote or votes to the contrary.’ This vote was in the affirmative, whereupon Mr. Woodbridge applied to the Governor and Council for their assistance. The Council advised Mr. Woodbridge and the town to become mutually reconciled to each other. It is likely that Mr. Woodbridge's appeal to the Governor and Council was to procure an order from them requiring the town to settle him in the ministry. Failing in this, the next step was to present the town to the grand jury in attendance upon the Superior Court at Charlestown, Jan. 30, 1704, for a breach of the law in not having a settled minister, the immediate issue of which was that the court ordered the town ‘to take effectual care to obtain a settled minister, and make report of their doings therein to the next Court of Sessions.’ Before the time expired for the town to report, in accordance with this order of the court, Mr. Woodbridge seems to have taken steps to gather an independent church and congregation, as he had done at Windsor, in defiance of Congregational usage and the laws of the province; for at a meeting of the town March 5, 1704, this charge is made against him, and it was voted ‘that the town do declare themselves highly dissatisfied at Mr. Woodbridge's late irregular attempts and actions about gathering a church, and do protest against his going on in the offensive way that he is in, and forbid his preaching any more in their public meeting house.’ This action of the town led to the calling of
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