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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 14., Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. (search)
ed in the Book of Common Prayer. Each was formed on the Anglican model, with bishops, presbyters or elders, and deacons in its ministry. A few years after Whitefield's death the church at Medford secured as assistant to their minister the Rev. David Osgood, who on the former's decease succeeded him, and himself passed away on December 12, 1822. At his calling, four influential members (holding Arminian views) objected thereto, but after his settlement, in a manly way assured him of their friendship and support. Dr. Osgood came to the Medford pulpit warmly espousing the patriot cause, and differences were forgotten for the time. But during his long pastorate of forty-eight years both Episcopal Churches had been slowly unfolding, and five months before his death, and thirteen months before the application of Galen James and sixteen others of Trinitarian views, for dismission from the First Church, which had become Unitarian, there assembled for worship the first congregation o
nded on truth and soberness rather than one arising from emotion. Even more in advance of the times was a discourse in favor of inoculation for smallpox. In 1741 he published A Memoir of the Life and Death of the Pious and Ingenuous Mrs. Jane Colman Turell, who died at Medford, March 26, 1735, aetat 27. Most of the quaint prose and poetry was collected from her own manuscript, and his part of the work included a sketch of her father, the Rev. Benjamin Colman. Many discourses of the Rev. David Osgood were published from 1784 to 1824, one especially notable in 1783, Reflections on the Goodness of God in Supporting the People of the United States Through the Late War. He was famous for his political sermons; the Devil Let Loose, on the French Revolution; an Election sermon; a Eulogy on George Washington, and others. His daughter, Miss Lucy Osgood, wrote a memoir of Charlotte Ann Haven Brooks, and left many interesting letters written in a marked literary style. The Rev. Conv
. I have quoted the above from Revere Bells, by Dr. Arthur H. Nichols of Boston. Dr. Nichols was grossly misinformed in the matter by a Medford man, and only learned of the error after his book had found a place in the library of the Medford Historical Society. He at once conceded the accuracy of the Medford records of selectmen and town treasurer as authority, instead of the letter received by him, which he has on file (the writer of which has passed on). The long pastorate of Dr. David Osgood ended in 1822. Respect and love for their pastor had held the varying elements together for some years, though the parting of their ways was near. The Methodist Episcopalians had begun to hold public worship before the separation in the First Parish took place. Soon a new house of worship was erected by the Trinitarian or Second Congregational Church for its use. Six years later (1830) twenty-two persons contributed the sum of $640, feeling that the cause of religion would be pr
t and were received into the first church of Christ in Danvers by and under the Pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Peter Clark. Aug. 26. 1764. I put up this day a note for the death of my sister Mehitable who died yesterday was a week ye 18 instant. Nov. 29. 1767 Sister Rebecca Hall died last Monday morning ye 23d April 18, 1773 Mr. Thomas Seccombe (Medford) died last Thursday night ye 15th Instant of a complication of disorders Aged 62 years. Sept. 18 1774. Last week the Revd Mr. David Osgood was ordained a Pastor of ye Church in Medford. Wednesday April 19. 1775. The Troops of his Brittanick Majesty commenced Hostilities upon the People of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay a Detachment from the Regular Army at Boston went out on ye Evening of ye 18th and marchd for Concord and in their way thro Lexington which they reachd before sunrise on ye 19th they met with a Company of Militia of about 100 men mustered near the Meeting House; upon their coming up to our men they
n the left a large white house set squarely facing the sun near the street, in a space as yet, after forty-five years, open, while trees are all about it. This was the home of Alonzo D. Puffer. It resembled very much the one built and owned by Dr. Osgood, but was doubtless much older. Two years later it was removed to its present location and enlarged. A few rods further and he came to where another road crossed at acute angles. This the reader will recognize as the present Winthrop square. road beside it said nothing then of powder house, but beyond it in stately simplicity, was another great house, about whose entrance doors the old-time carpenters have shown their skill. This also near the street (nearer now), as though good Doctor Osgood wanted to save all the land possible for his garden. The wide lawn with its trees and walks, and the spacious house in English style of Mr. Boynton was especially attractive, but no more noticeable than the next, that seemed completely shu
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 18., Medford Merrymakings of a century ago. (search)
, remembered with pleasure the summer outings. Why cannot some Medford author prepare a pageant scene of this, one true to the facts? There are enough of the old houses of High and Salem streets left (even though the Third Meeting-house, Governor Brooks', the Seccomb and Tufts houses are gone) to give a realistic setting. Be sure and have Mr. Brooks and his box chaise start from under the great sycamores at his father's door —same old place—and ride down Marm Simonds' hill. Have Parson Osgood and his daughters come out from the parsonage and go too, and all the others, not forgetting Lydia Maria Francis-she was thirteen and was not a Child then. We remember going to a Nahant party with some Medford (and other) people in 1860, but they took the cars at West Medford and Medford Steps, and went on steamer Nelly Baker, which was afterward sold to the government in war time. We had a fish dinner, too, and our first dip in salt water. Mr. Brooks, when at Hingham in 1819 or 1820,
erhaps present to have challenged it. The occasion in question was one of a sort that was almost new to Medford; one that required the courage of their convictions of the participants. Medford was then (1823), one hundred and ninety-three years from its settlement, a town of about one thousand five hundred inhabitants. Its third meetinghouse had served the people for fifty-three years both for religious worship and secular assembly, and the forty-eight years of the settled minister, Dr. Osgood, had just closed. Respect for him had kept the varying thought of the people well in check, and it is said he would tolerate no rival pulpit in his domain, regarding all such as interlopers. But this could not always be. The parting of the ways was near—indeed had been reached the previous year, as we will later notice. Under the system of church and parish then operating, any dissenting views or doctrine must find other than the meeting house for promulgation. In 1823, places o
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Medford a century ago—1819. (search)
-eight being marked as officers,—and the list is a notable one, being headed by the Governor of the Commonwealth, John Brooks, and the minister of the town, David Osgood, D. D. This list is worthy of preservation, and was furnished by the late Francis A. Wait, who says in a later communication: A few years ago I saw a pamphlet town's third meeting-house (which was the last to be warmed only by the heat of debate or the parson's sermons), and entered in its record is the vote to allow Dr. Osgood, the minister, $200 to purchase his wood for the ensuing year. The eighth article of the warrant was about painting the meeting-house, and this was referred oves and funnel, $20.00. Just think of it, all you who have furnace repairs to make just a century later—a heating plant for $20.00! But how about $200 for Parson Osgood's supply of wood for the same year, deducted from the $500 salary? Even with the high price of coal in 1919, the average householder today would deem it a hards
Dr. Osgood's house. The Reverend David Osgood had been minister of the church in Medford twelve years, when he married, November 1, 1786, Hannah Breed of Charlestown. Acting on the old adage of procuring a cage before securing the bird, he haThe Reverend David Osgood had been minister of the church in Medford twelve years, when he married, November 1, 1786, Hannah Breed of Charlestown. Acting on the old adage of procuring a cage before securing the bird, he had erected the substantial dwelling on High street, at the corner of Powder house road, that was for the remainder of his life his home, and for years after that of his daughters, Mary and Lucy. Among his papers was preserved a statement of its c of interest to such as know the relative value of old tenor, as compared with the currency of 1785, which, by the way, Dr. Osgood expressed in English money (as this was prior to the adoption of the Constitution), to compare this with another in thione hundred and thirty-five years, this house, now the, Unitarian parsonage, still stands in excellent condition. Parson Osgood might wonder at, but be delighted in, the modern improvements now in it In view of present conditions and prices, we wond
e same at the Probate office. At the Item—I give to little Turell Tufts. . . that my shadow may remain the portrait of Ebenezer Turell thus bequeathed was displayed by Mr. Fiske, who had procured it from the First Parish Church for the occasion. At the item, I give to Simon Tufts my watch a silver watch with chain and seal was passed around for inspection. This watch (doubtless similar to Mr. Turell's) had just been given to the Society, and was that of Dr. Daniel Osgood, brother of Rev. David Osgood, Mr. Turell's colleague and successor. Miss Atherton read Dr. Holmes' poem The Parson's Legacy, relating to the president's chair at Harvard College, said to have been given by Mr. Turell. Mr. Fiske exhibited a copy of the letter written by the parson calling for a fast day, to select a colleague to assist him in his latest years. Light refreshments were served and a social half-hour closed an enjoyable and interesting meeting. In response to the query, What do we celebrate in Mar
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