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[p. 31] nearly every thing except the payment of taxes and the expenditure of the money so paid, and made a favorable report.

The fact had seemed apparent that the First Congregational Church of Medford, having been weakened by the organization of the Mystic Church, twenty-five years before, and the loss of some of its influential members, did not wish to lose others of its valued members by the organization of a new church in West Medford. This effort to obtain the endorsement of the Woburn Conference delayed our formal organization very much. But with the approval of the Conference and of the Congregational Club of Boston, and with $3,750 subscribed towards our building fund, there was no need of further delay, and a council of churches was called to meet in Mystic Hall at 3 P. M., June 12, 1872.

The council was constituted as follows:

Medford, First Trinitarian,Rev. James T. McCollom, Pastor.
Bro. S. B. Goldthwait, Delegate.
Medford, Mystic,Rev. Solon Cobb, Pastor.
Bro. Charles Cummings, Delegate.
Boston, Park Street,Bro. C. C. Littlefield, Delegate.
Arlington,Dea. John Field, Delegate.
Winchester, First,Rev. E. C. Bissell, Pastor.
Bro. Moses A. Herrick, Delegate.
Maiden, First,Rev. Addison P. Foster, Pastor.
Dea. W. L. Greene, Delegate.
Somerville, Broadway,Bro. E. Foote, Delegate.
Bro. J. P. Williams, Delegate.
Reading, Bethesda,Bro. Joshua Clark, Delegate.
Woburn, First,Bro. A. Lincoln, Delegate.
Stoneham,Bro. D. A. Abbott, Delegate.
Wakefield,Rev. Charles R. Bliss, Pastor.

Rev. James T. McCollom was chosen moderator and Rev. Charles R. Bliss scribe.

The council listened to the various statements, documents and records pertaining to the call, and to the letters of dismission presented by the members desiring to unite, and voted them satisfactory and in order.

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