solve during the two years that ensued.
During that time the town generously offered to Mr. Simon Bradstreet
the sum of forty pounds in money for annuity, with his housing and firewood, as an encouragement to settle in Medford
, and chose a committee ‘to reseat with Mr. Colman
,’ who had for a time preached here.
Possibly the call to Mr. Bradstreet
may have expedited matters, and on September 13, 1695, another town meeting was held, when sixteen and one-half pounds were subscribed
by eighteen persons.
It is improbable that the subscription list was then closed; but the town at the same time made provision ‘that what moneys shall be wanting beyond what is subscribed shall be paid in the way of Rate.’
Also the ‘rate of 12d.
per head and 1d. in the pound for estates.’
In order that none might escape bearing their part, it was ordered that ‘those that refuse
to subscribe shall pay their full proportion,’ the same rate to apply.
At the same time the subscriptions were called in, to be paid at or before the 25th of December following.
In view of the fact that time would be required for preparation as well as building, it was provided that one-half of the rate or tax should be paid by the time the meeting-house was ‘covered and inclosed,’ and the other half at its completion.
The next ten days must have been busy ones for the committee, and the problems of future needs and of furnishing anxiously and earnestly discussed, as well as consultations held with workmen.
On September 23 the town assembled again, and this time voted ‘to give unto Thomas Willis John Whitmore John Bradshoe
and Stephen Willis
, Sixty Pounds, Currant
money of N. E.’
for building a meeting-house 30 ft. long, 27 ft. wide, and 16 ft.
between the joints.
It will be noticed that here is an increase of three feet in length, three in width, and one in height from the original design.
It was also specified the roof should be shingled, and the walls clapboarded and bricked.