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[p. 31] of the call giuen me last june J hartily & sincerely thank ye Town for their kindness manifested towards me & could have denyed my selfe in many things to have done them seruice had J aprehended the call of prouidence to have been clear J hartily wish them good guidans & direction in their taking farther Steps in order to the settlement of ye ministry amongst them praying yt god would Jncline & direct them to doe yt which will be for ye Jnterest of Religion peace & comfort of the whole town

& take leave for to Subscribe my selfe theirs to serue as far as will be conuenient

Medford Aprill 4th: 1712
John Tufts

On April 18, 1712, I find that the town voted again to have a day appointed, which was to be the last Wednesday in April, ‘to be sollemnized as a day of fasting & prayer to humble themselfs before god for those divisions & contentions yt have been soe long prevaling amongst them & hitherto hath obstructed the peaceable injoyment of Gospell ordinances amongst them & yt god would Restore & continue aspirit of loue and vnity amongst them & yt he would direct them in their present Jntended procedings of ye choice of some Sutable person to setle with them in ye work of the ministry as may tend to ye glory of god ye promoting of Religion and may Jsue in ye peaceable & Regular Jnioyment of all Gospell ordinances amongst them.’

It was voted that on the day appointed to be kept as a fast the question of the selection of a minister should be decided, the nomination to be made immediately after the exercises of the day, by the people naming, by written ballot, the persons desired; from the three who received the highest vote, one should be selected as minister, the final decision to be made on Monday, May 5. Amos Cheever, John Tufts, and Aaron Porter were the ones who received the highest votes. The choice was finally made on May 19, and fell upon Rev. Aaron Porter, who was ordained February 11, 1713.

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