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Accustomed to the drawing and use of plans as has been the writer, it seems fitting to present a plan of this ancient edifice that will agree with the ancient record book of the town. Right here it is also fitting that acknowledgment of the valuable assistance of Mr. John H. Hooper should be made, and without which the task would have been much more difficult to accomplish.

The placing of certain families in these various pews seems not to have lessened the duties of the seating committee, for on May 19, 1701, Left. Peter Tufts and Deacon John Whitmore were ‘joyned’ to it, and also ‘Sergt. Stephen Willis if his brother Thomas should be out of the way.’ Whatever that may mean, it is evident that there was careful provision for a full quota, as the record reads, ‘all votes to the conterary notwithstanding.’

Major Wade was evidently to have the chief seat in the synagogue, if we judge by the record, but he was dilatory in its construction, as at this time (a year after the grant) the same was confirmed, but limited a little, ‘onely not to goe farther then the first Barr in the window.’

The next thing to demand the town's attention was ‘the two hinde seats between the doors.’ We must remember that the town meetings were held right there, and all details could be accurately observed on the spot. Ebenezer Brooks had been granted a pew space, but it was vacated by his accepting one elsewhere, and it was next planned to make of this area two pews for four families.

At the next yearly meeting the question of alterations seems not to have come up; but the town had a reckoning with Ensign John Bradshaw, and it was found that for labor performed and the minister's board, ‘from the beginning of the world unto this day,’ there was due him (errors excepted) the sum of £ 16, 16s, 6d. We were a little in doubt last year as to the accuracy of the two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary, but what of this long-standing account? This settled—and what a relief

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