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[p. 77] in a petition signed by fourteen citizens giving the reasons, first, ‘that it was wholly contrary to the warrant granted for town-meeting,’ and, second, ‘that it was contrary to a former vote of the town.’ These differences and prejudices aroused throughout the town seem to have undergone a mollifying process during some three years before the subject of the new meeting-house was revived. A piece of land belonging to John Bradshaw was selected as an available spot for building upon, but no money could be raised for the purpose by the town. Almost ten years had gone by, and the capacity of the old house must have been taxed to its utmost. On January 10th and later on, the 24th of January, 1726, in two town-meetings, the whole matter was definitely settled by the town purchasing of Mr. John Albree land adjoining Marble brook (Marrbelle brook in Town Records) for £ 55 for one acre, and deciding to build a new meeting-house thereon. A building committee of eleven men, whose names were important ones in the town's history, were chosen to attend to the matter. Thomas Tufts, Esq., Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, Peter Seccombe, John Richardson, Capt. Samuel Brooks, John Willis, William Willis, Lieut. Stephen Hall, John Francis, Benjamin Parker and John Whitmore. These reported that it would be proper to build a meetinghouse 52 feet large, 38feet wide, 33feel posts. They were empowered to build the house. Thenceforth the town was concerned with the detail of the building and the raising of necessary money, as notice the following votes:— March 7, 1726.—‘Voted to have a steeple.’ April 25, 1726.—‘Voted to raise £ 250 for carrying on work of meeting-house.’ May 8, 1727.—‘Voted to raise money on places left for pews in new meeting-house.’ August 27, 1727.—‘Voted that the Town will pay for the building of a ministerial pew in the new meeting house in the place where the Rev. Mr. Turrell shall choose.’
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