present controversy that some ten or twelve of those who now oppose you should withdraw from your society, and their places be filled by others who sympathize with you and will sustain you in your course, the pulpit of Hollis Street Church will stand higher than any other in the city.’
A word of explanation should also be said concerning the reasons why Mr. Pierpont
was engaged in some matters of secular business which appear in this controversy.
At the time of the failure of the business with which he was connected in Baltimore
, he refused to avail himself of the legal exemption from his debts, and held himself morally bound to pay them.
This laid upon him a considerable burden, and his engagements in business during his ministry were for the purpose of discharging that obligation, an obligation which he faithfully kept.
He was one who preached righteousness and practiced it. Let it be remembered to his honor.
It has been painful to go into the question at issue between Mr. Pierpont
and his parish to the extent I have felt obliged to do, but it is a matter of history, and the fair fame of a man we have much reason to regard is at stake, a man of fine gifts, a self-sacrificing lover of his kind, and it is best we should see him as he was. The council dissolved in 1841.
He continued his ministry for a time with much dissent and bitterness on the part of the strong minority opposed to him. His salary was kept back to the amount of more than three thousand dollars, and he had to bring suit to obtain it. Finally, against the advice of his friends in the church, in May, 1845,he voluntarily resigned his pastorate, and the long struggle was at an end.
After a period of rest he became minister of a church in Troy, N. Y.
, which, together with lecturing on various subjects, but chiefly on temperance and slavery, filled his time till, in August, 1849, he became minister of the First Parish in Medford
, where he remained until 1856.
Singularly enough he came here to a church which had