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t-affecting, soul-ravishing preacher. Next to Shepard came Mitchel, almost equally celebrated for piety and eloquence. Cotton Mather and Richard Baxter praise him highly, and President Increase Mather said to his students, Say, each of you, Mitchel shall be the example whom I will imitate. During this pastorate, Dunster was convicted of Anabaptist views and was compelled to resign in 1654. In 1671 Uriah Oakes came over from England to be pastor. After the enforced resignation of President Hoar of Harvard, Oakes was appointed superintendent and later president (1679). In 1717 came to the church Rev. Nathaniel Appleton, interesting as one who fell on stirring times. At his installation Cotton and Increase Mather took part. His degree of D. D., was the second granted by Harvard, the first being that given to Increase Mather. Dr. Appleton's pastorate lasted sixty years. Under him General Washington often worshipped. In his church met the delegates from the towns of the s