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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., A curious record and recorder. (search)
and also all the Baptisms. By Thomas Seccombe. The record begins with September 3, 1727, when the first sermon was preached in our new Meeting House by Mr. Ebenezer Turell, and ends with the following entry: The owner of this book died about 11 o'clock this night, fast day, April 15, 1773. Another hand continued the journal been printed, they would have made 280 volumes, giving 20 sermons for a volume. So true is the old proverb: Omnia vincit improbus labor. The last sermon of Mr. Turell was preached April 17, 1774, the text selected seeming to be prophetic of the end of his career, If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointenge come. Here ended his labors, and soon after his life. His successor was Rev. Dr. David Osgood, who acquired a wide celebrity for two political sermons. Mr. Turell seldom exchanged pulpits, and never, so far as the record shows, repeated a sermon. He never preached extempore, but always wrote his sermon fully out. He was