The second Trinitarian church received the name of ‘Mystic,’ suggested it is said by Mrs. James
She named it for the river upon which almost all of the original male members were engaged in ship building.
The name has caused many strangers to inquire what sort of transcendentalism was preached in it.
Of the fifty-two members who formed the Mystic Church
, fourteen at least were kinsfolk of Deacon James
and many others were his employees.
In 1849 Deacon James
had retired from active business, although he was still in the prime of life.
But at fifty-nine, deprived of his usual activities, he began to feel that age was not far away, and his friends noticed that he was in danger of rusting out. At this time a new line of opportunity was presented to him which renewed his youth and kept it green for many years.
The new enterprize grew out of his love for the church of his choice, which had no adequate organ in the religious press.
Many saw the need of a paper in the interest of Congregationalism, but money was lacking.
Whereupon, Deacon James
offered what seemed a large sum in those days, which he was ready to sink if need be in the endeavor.
There was little to guarantee that such would not be the fate of his capital.
Rev. E. D. Moore
had owned and published a small paper called the Boston Recorder
. He sold a half interest to Deacon Edw. Fay
of the Second Congregational Church, Medford
, a son of Rev. Dr. Fay
, and the paper's name was changed to the Congregationalist
, the office being at No. 122 Washington street, Boston
bought Mr. Moore
's half interest, and on November 10th sold it to Deacon James
for $1,079. The office was transferred to No. 12 School street, and the new firm and a great power for good were launched under the firm name of Galen James
was urged to transfer the office to New York, but he was attached to his home and, beside, felt that as Massachusetts
was the stronghold of Congregationalism,