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‘[p. 104] every condition in the married relation. After the sack-posset sung the forty-fifth Psalm from the eighth verse to the end, five staves. I set it to Windsor tune.’ After about nine years of ministry Mr. Porter died on Jan. 23, 1722, at the age of thirty-three. Very little is known of Mr. Porter's ministry. The town was small and feeble, and had been torn by dissensions over Mr. Woodbridge. He must have been a wise man and gentle to have healed the trouble. By his formal settlement the First Parish was formally instituted, the formation of a church being necessary to this. For seventy-eight years the town had been without a settled minister, but now with Mr. Porter's ministry it took on regular and stable ways.
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