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[p. 80] of worship Rev. Mr. Turrell served as the pastor. More than five thousand sermons were preached here and over one thousand persons received baptism. When we think of such a record as that we can imagine how sacred the spot was to more than a generation. My account has been almost wholly drawn from the early records of the town. A glimpse of Mr. Turrell's ministry was given in an able paper upon the ‘Early Ministers of Medford’ by Rev. H. C. Delong, in 1899, and is published in our Register. The farewell service took place on March 4, 1770. Another meeting-house, some distance away to the east on the northerly side of this same road had been built, larger and better suited to the needs of that day. To this the people moved, and when Paul Revere rode through Medford some five years later on that thrilling April night (just 129 years ago) he passed this Third Meeting-house, tall and imposing in the moonlight, and pressing westward along High street crossed the wooden bridge over Meeting-house brook. The hurrying hoofs awoke no echoes from the old meeting-house, for long ago it had been removed, having been sold at auction August 7, 1770, to Mr. John Laith for, £ 24 (O. T.); its underpinning to Mr. Benjamin Hall for £ 13, 6s. 8d., in April 1771. The land whereon it stood was bought by Mr. Ebenezer Hall, Jr., for £ 197 (O. T.) The bell had been removed in January, 1770, to the Third Meetinghouse. I have given you very little that is new or in any wise original. I have sought simply to dress up the old records; to keep in the line of truth, and present a pleasant picture by word and brush of those days when Medford was young and provided a sure, though movable, foundation for the things of the kingdom of God, of which we all are inheritors.
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