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[p. 102] an ecclesiastical council to hear and decide upon the matter in dispute. The council said that Mr. Woodbridge was the chief blameable cause for the obstructions to a quiet and regular settlement and enjoyment of all Gospel ordinances in Medford; that the town acted blameably in their vote about silencing Mr. Woodbridge and taking away his salary; and concluded by recommending that Mr. Woodbridge should by suitable acknowledgments endeavor to ease the minds of those aggrieved; and that after such endeavors he should preach for a while in Medford, and the inhabitants should attend on his ministry; and if after some suitable time for trial they cannot agree, that they should part from one another as quietly as they can. Several suits at law were brought by Mr. Woodbridge before the quietness came, the Superior Court deciding that he was not the settled minister, and finally the contention ceased by the town's paying him in full for all demands and purchasing his real estate for two hundred and seventy pounds. The conclusion of the matter was reached in 1708, and Mr. Woodbridge continued to live in Medford till his death two years later, when the town promptly and generously voted ten pounds for the expenses of his funeral.
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