vote (observe, it was the town), decided that there should be a meeting-house erected.
Doubtless it had been the theme of conversation around every fireside along the Mystic
and on the outlying ways for months before, only intensified by the town warrant giving fifteen days notice of the meeting.
We may well imagine that the project was thoroughly discussed, and the record is, ‘there shall be a meting-house at or before May ninetie four and is to be finished by the first of October following (or sooner if it can be) on the land of Mr——Willis near the gate by marble brook on a rock on—north side of Oborn Rode.’
This was on January 17, 169 2/3.
Having thus decided to build, the next important thing was to appoint a committee to do so, the choice falling upon Peter Tufts, Caleb Brooks
and Thomas Willis
, who represented the extreme ends as well as the center of the town.
Whether the distance at which he lived made the duty onerous, or whatever his reason, Left Peter Tufts ‘refusing to serve’ (says the record) made an addition to the committee necessary.
So on April 3, 1693, John Hall, Senr, and Jonathan Tufts
were added, and these four were to be ‘A Comitte for ye [work] aforesaid and they have full power [to] act therin as is more fully exprefsed in the vote as above said.
Attest: Stephen Willis
Referring to the former vote, we find that provision was made for such as should provide ‘material or work about said meeting’—‘at the discretion of the Comitte.’
They were to stake out the land promised by Thomas Willis
, ‘and gett a deed of said land according to law for the use aforesaid in behalfe of the towne.’
Lastly (and by no means least in importance) it was voted ‘that ye said house shall be seven and twenty foot long, twenty four foot wide and fifteen foot between joynts.’
How the town expected the work to be done without an appropriation of money does not appear, but none was at that time made.
The ‘Comitte’ must have had a serious problem to