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are in the Register, Vol. XII, p. 2, and an occasional paper (1878) called The Half Century. Neither of these contain any account of the dedication, though the same was unique in its features and a novelty in Medford. People are wont to think of the predecessor of the Mystic Church as the Second Church of Medford. It was the Second Congregational, but the First Methodist Episcopal is the second church in Medford, its beginning was fifteen months the earlier. To the edifice built by Galen James and his associates, Second (or First Trinitarian) Congregational, must be accorded the record of the first dedication on September 1, 1824—about three and one-half years prior to that of the Methodist structure. In the library of the New England Conference Historical Society, in Christian Advocate, February 22, 1828, we find— On Thursday, Feb. 7, the first Methodist Episcopal Church in Medford, Mass., was dedicated to the worship of God. The order of exercises commenced with sele