veral families withdrew both attendance and support, and the congregation gradually decreased.
The committee supplied the pulpit by clergymen of various denominations—Unitarian, Universalist, Methodist, Baptist—but there was the feeling that the continuous service of some one preacher was desirable.
With this in view, in November, the Rev. William Edwards Huntington was secured by the committee which, by the resignation of Mr. Ritchie and election of Mr. C. E. Hippisley, consisted of one Unitarian, one Baptist and three Methodists.
With the prevailing feeling that a Union church would be impracticable, and that an active church of some denomination should take up the work, this action was a logical and natural sequence.
Mr. Huntington was about to graduate from Boston University, of which he was in after years the honored president.
He served as his predecessors had done, by preaching twice each Sabbath, but as the so-called Christian Union was not a church, did not enter int