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[p. 64] and chimes of bells, and the ringing of them became an art. After the settlement of New England the bell on the meeting-house became a necessity, though preceded by the drum-beat, or blast upon a conch shell.

The first chime, or ‘ring of bells,’ was that on old Christ Church in Boston, cast by Rudhall of Gloucester, England, and still in use.

Whatever I have said, or may say, on the subject of bells (Medford's or others) is on the historical line, and not from any musical knowledge.

I have purposely delayed mentioning the excellent chime of nine bells of Grace Church until now. In 1873 municipal appropriation, parish work, individual or memorial liberality, provided for its expense, which was $2,700. These nine bells have an aggregate weight of 5,324 lbs. and are attuned to the key of G, that of the largest, or tenor bell. Each bears the inscription ‘Grace Church, Medford, A. D. 1873,’ and all were cast by William Blake & Co.

A visit to the belfry reveals an oaken frame some eight feet square and four feet high. Within this frame, suspended at their crowns, are eight of the bells, while upon its top is mounted, in the usual manner for ringing, the ‘town,’ or largest bell.

In addition to that before mentioned, each bell has cast upon it its name and an appropriate inscription, scriptural or otherwise, as follows:—

No. 1. Tenor, 1,383 pounds. G.

town of Medford bell.

‘Except the Lord keep the city the watchman waketh but in vain.’

Psalms CXVII, 7.

No. 2. 988 pounds. A.

rector's bell.

‘Whose soever sins ye remit they are remitted unto them, and whose soever sins ye retain they are retained.’ St. John XX, 23.

No. 3. 725 pounds. B.

Marriage bell.

Presented by Dudley C. Hall.

‘What therefore God hath joined together let not man put asunder.’ St. Mark x, 9.

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