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y of forty-eight years. In March, 1823, Rev. Andrew Bigelow was engaged to preach as a candidate, ag for him to three against him. On June 14, Mr. Bigelow accepted the call, approving of the clause ited by the church and town, met to install Mr. Bigelow as pastor. Some names of clergymen composie rote of the sea which foretells a storm. Mr. Bigelow was known to belong to the school of thoughsmall communities have a special aptitude. Mr. Bigelow was cognizant of this; the diminished atten sea. With a quaintness peculiar to him, Mr. Bigelow forecasts what soon happened, for the next believe to be the views and preaching of Rev. Mr. Bigelow, it becomes our painful duty to separate wn support. From July, 1823, to May, 1824, Mr. Bigelow was paid by the town, after that date Unitahe division of the parish at the opening of Mr. Bigelow's ministry was wholly independent of him. Ihis brief ministry of less than four years. Mr. Bigelow was well known, having spent his later yout
Katherine Bigelow Lawrence married Augustus Lowell, whose son Abbott Lawrence Lowell has the honor to succeed Charles William Eliot as head of Harvard. Andrew, a brother of Katherine, after graduating from Harvard, entered the ministry and settled in Medford, succeeding Rev. David Osgood as pastor of the church in the town. Soon after his settlement, differences of opinion in religious belief caused the withdrawal of seventeen members who formed the Second Congregational Church. Rev. Andrew Bigelow was pastor of the Bulfinch Street Chapel (Unitarian) in Boston, 1845-1846. John Prescott, a brother of the above, was Secretary of State of Massachusetts and was elected Mayor of Boston, December 1848, and served three terms. During his term of office, the completion of the lines of railroads connecting Boston with Canada and the Great Lakes was celebrated with great elaborateness, and he is said to have done the honors of the city very handsomely. The first gift of money to the