indeed every minister has the right to do, before addressing the Deity in public prayer.
But in his case it was entirely in keeping with his reverent mind and sincere temper, without possible pretense or cant.
But I must pass from this more personal appreciation of my friend and colleague to speak of what I think he was to the community.
As a church minister Mr. De-Long's term of office was comparable to that of two of the three ministers who served the old town of Medford from 1713 to 1822, when there was but the one colonial church.
For Ebenezer Turell was pastor for fifty years and David Osgood for forty-eight years, with Mr. DeLong forty-five years. So also he inherited the traditions of a general ministry, which for over a century made his church the one religious center, with the whole community as its parish and with all the tax payers contributing to its support.
And Mr. DeLong was earnest and intelligent in his community interest.
First as a minister of religion, bri