later the minister had a wedding present of one, in turkey leather, on which his uncle looked and set the tune, and a little later the town ordained that such Person as shall Read the Psalme Shall Sit in the deacons Seat.
This functionary read a line (perhaps two) and the people sang them, then more were read and sung, so the psalms and hymns were said to be deaconed.
Sometimes the deacon had a pitch-pipe to sound, thus assisting in getting the pitch or keynote.
Organs were unknown in New England, as also hot-air and steam heaters, and over a century was yet to roll away ere a stove was installed in a Medford meetinghouse.
Our observation is that the taking of the Sabbath collection—offering, we call it now—is something of an art. How was it in ye olde first meeting-house?
There seems not to have been any table there then, but there may later have been one.
A month after the ordination John Whitmore and John Bradshaw were chosen deacons.
Evidently John Whitmore had successf
w-storm on the preceding day, it is said that more people came than could get inside the meeting-house.
The town made generous provision for their entertainment, appropriating eight pounds therefor, but somehow the expenses doubled, as at the March meeting the bill amounted to sixteen pounds. At the same meeting were presented the bills incurred at the fast-day occasion that preceded the call of Mr. Porter—one from Ebenezer Brooks for neats toong & cheefe at ye fast 00-03-6, and one from Capt. Peter for veall at ye fast, 00-06-3, and another from Mrs. Hall for intertainment of ye ministers at ye fast, 01-02-00.
The meeting-house had been built for sixteen years, and some minor repairs were made.
John Whitmore, Sen.'s, bill was two days & halfe mending meeting-house fence 00-07-06, and nail to mend ye meeting-house 00-01-00, two casements & caping them, 00-07-00 & two turned posts for ye meeting-house, 00-05-00.
Three shillings per day would hardly satisfy the carpenters of the p