the new paper should be established there.
He never attempted editorial work, but selected his editors and their associates with care, and no principles were published, we may be sure, that did not have his approval.
Helped by his financial and personal aid, the publication grew and increased in influencend this testimony is given in its columns after the death of Mr. James
: ‘He came in as a pillar of strength and remained steadfast through all those years of trial until the paper was an assured success.’
The first issue of the Congregationalist
bears the motto, ‘Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever,’ and is dated May 24, 1849.
The editorial signed by Rev. Edward Beecher
, Joseph Haven, Jr.
, and Increase N. Tarbox
, says, ‘The ecclesiastical principles that we shall advocate are indicated by our name.
In doctrine we shall stand on the broad background of New England
theology, not committing ourselves to the interest of any party but recognizing with Christian affection and endeavoring to unite all who hold the fundamental principles of the system avowed by our Pilgrim fathers; by Edwards
and his successors.
As in religion so in politics, we are pledged to no party.
Without giving any party pledges whatever, we shall earnestly oppose the extension of slavery in the slightest degree beyond its present limits.’
For a long time previous to his death in 1856, Mr. Fay
suffered from tuberculosis, which brought added work upon the shoulders of his partner.
Mr. Thomas Todd
, who was a boy in the printing-office then, says of him at this time, ‘He (Deacon James
) did not attempt to do any editorial work, but he made himself very useful in the mechanical department, doing with his might all his hands could find to do. He attended to the mailing of the paper, to the proof-reading, and was in consultation with the editors and the other proprietor whenever it seemed necessary. . . . He had a fund of humor which carried him through some of the harassing details of the ’