Comitted & a profession of Repentance, that was accepted.
August 18, 1700. A letter was read from Boston South
Church, desiring Elder & Messengers to assist in y'^ ordina-
tion of m"" Pemberton y'" 28"' Instant The Deacons & capt.
Clap were voted to accompany The Pastor to that Service.
Memorandum. Fasting & Prayers at Braintry, Dedham
& Boston having been graciously answered by Rain (after
a sore Drouth) the last week Gods Goodnesse in Christ to
Us therein was this day, particularly acknowledged.
Sept. r. 1700. Report was made to y" Church y' m' Pem-
berton was ordained to y" office of a Pastor on y'' Day ap-
pointed, y" Elders & Messeng's concurring & giving y"
Right Hand of fellowship.
Sept. 8. Hannah Dean, daughter of our Broth"" John Bird,
took hold on y'' Covenant.
Sept. 22. Hannah Bartlet took hold on y'' Coven' as also
did Unice Bird daughf of James Bird.
Octob" 13. 1700. The Chh sent y"" Pastor and Brother
Nath. Clap, Serjeant Leadbetter & Deacon Hopestill Clap,
who were with (the R*^ m"" Thacher &) y'' Pastor & one mes-
scng'' of Milton, viz m' Blake, 3 weeks abroad, at Newport
& Compton, where Such as were Examined & Approved &
Proposed for y'' Discovery of y"" Life laid hold on y" Coven'
& they & theirs (y' were not baptised before) many of y'")
were then Baptized. These laid hold on y'' Covenant at
Newport & were baptised. Capt. N. Coddington Esq' M"""
Joanne Brightman m" Rob. Pocock. m'" Sarah Creek : m's
Hannah Clark — Sarah Timberlake Jane Dill
others y' laid hold on y*^ Coven' at Newport were M'
Calender m's Calender, Elisabeth Caparon, Susanna Willet,
m' Rich'^ Clark, m'' Mamford, m's Magewick,
But m"" Wackman & m's Coggeshall only renewd y'
The Children Baptised were Patience, Thomas, Freegift,
Sarah, Elisabeth, William, Mary, & Nathaniel children of
m' Freegift Coggeshall.
nOKCIIESTKK CHURCH RECORDS I 19
John & IMarj]jaret Caparon
Susanna & Alice Willet
Abigaile, Elisabeth, Mercy, Mary. & William children of
Mary daugh"" of m' Wackman
Steven Memford. Jonathan Alice & Hannah Children of
m"" Richard Clark. 27. 8'". 1700
At Compton there Laid hold on y" Covenant and were
Baptised those that follow, viz L' John Wood m' Edward
Richmond & His wife & Daughter Abigail, m' Silvesf
RichnV' ?>r John Palmer & His Wife, Joseph Church's wife,
Nath: House, Mercy Rouse, Joseph Seabury, & Martha
Others y' laid hold on y' Coven' having been baptised
formerly were, nr Fobes & His Wife M' Thomas Gray, L'
Wood's wife m' Samuel Crandoll's wife, m' John Church,
m' Samuel Gray's wife, Nath : Scarle's Wife & James Ben-
Others that were then (viz Nov' 3. 1700) baptised, were,
m' Fobes' Children, Elisabeth constant, mercy. & .Mary:
m' wood's Children, John Mary Sarah Deborah Abigail
m' Grays Children, Thomas and Edward.
m' Richmonds Children Edw' : Anne : Elizabeth Ame :
Benjamin : Mary
m' Jos. Church's Children, Joseph Nathan Alice Deborah,
m'' Palmer's Ch" : John Sarah : T^lisab"' Edw' Job Aaron,
Jonath : Davenports Children Jonathan Hannah Simon
Ebcnez' : John Joseph Benjamin
Benj. IJlackman's Children Benjamin. Ichabod Sarah Re-
m' John Churches Child, Elisabeth
m' Hilliard's, Abigail & Sarah.
m' Woodworths, David & Grace.
m' Crandolls, Samuel & Mary.
Nath. Searles, John & Sarah.
At Newport & Compton Baptised 95 i)ersons, wherof 64
Nov. 10. 1700. Then was a Proclamation Read for a
Thanksgiving on y"2i"'of Nov. instant: from y' Hon'''"' L'
Gov'nG' Stoughton & Councill ; for y" Kings life. & favo',
peace from Indians & DisappointnV of y' plotts & for
I20 DORCHESTER CHURCH RECORDS
Health & Rain in answ"" to pray", & a Comfortable Harvest;
Esp'^' for y" Gospel yet continued.
Nov. 21. 1700, then Collected for o' Poor.
Jan. 12. 1700. Francis Price laid hold on y" Coven':
1 5. 1'"". 1701. Thomas Tillstone laid hold on y"* Coven'
April. 24. 1701. A publick Fast, (y'' Governo'' being de-
ceased) & y'' L' Governo'' ill.
May. 18. 1 70 1. John Maudsley laid hold on y*' Coven'
Aug. 31. 1 70 1. Proposed to I^lect 2 Ruling Elders.
Sept. 7. 1701. Capt : Clap & Deacon Topliff Chosen
Elders & a Proclamation from y'' Council for a fast on
account of y*" Hon''''' m' Stoughtons Death &c.
To be kept y" 18"' of this Instant Septemb' S. D. p. which
was observed accordingly :
October. 19. 1701. An Account was given to y" Chh by
y' Pastor y' 14 more were admitted to lay hold of y" Coven'
at Newport & 24 Baptised.
m"" Thachcr & m"" Danforth (the messengers of y'' Chh' not
being then so well able to go with y"\ & y'^ Councill being
put under a Prorogation) went to Newport & preached one
Sabbath & a Fast to m' Claps Congregation Examined &
Approved divers that Presented y"'selves, & proposed y"',
whereupon (m' Thacher going to narragansett) y'= next
Sabath (which was October 12, 1701) m' John Miles &
Hannah Perdue laid hold on y" Covenant : & those y' follow
both laid hold on y'^ Covenant & were baptised Divina Gratia
in Christo viz M""' Mary & M'^ Rebecca Coggeshall, nV'
Bridget Sanford, Henry Butler, M""' Content Coddington,
William Wilcox, Thomas Miles, Sarah Hoar, Mary Bright-
man, Content Norton, Catharine Hampton & Mary Loc.
Besides these wer baptised, John & Daniel Miles : Mary
Norton : Bridget & Elisabeth Pocock : Edw. Momford :
Sarah Daddy: John Wackman Mary [xxxx] John Walke[r]
Nov. 9. 1701. Dan'. Preston Jun'' was Chosen Deacon.
Nov. 20. 1701. was a Publick Thanksgiving day throughout
Dec'' 14. 1701. Voted y' y*" Full Comunicants renew y^
Chh coven' on y'' Ordenation — fast day intended to be
shortly if God please = & y' y' Children of y" Chh y' have
laid hold on y*" Coven' renew y'' Coven' togeth' on y*" same
day. The Coven' being Read they are to stand up & mani-
fest y' Assent : Also y' oth's be Examined Exhorted Pre-
n»tKcin:sTKK church KECf)Kns 121
pared & Propounded in orde"" to y' jo\ing \v"' oth's in
Professing y' assent & adherence to y' Covn' of Grace, &
submitting to Chii watch & Goverm' lierc, while they con-
tinue in capacity for y" same.
I'ebr. 3. 170'. Then was Kept by y'' Favor of the Lord A
sollemn Day of Humiliation & Pray' & In y'' Close of y®
1. The Full Comunicants Renewed y"" Covenant according-
to y" Printed fform, & some oth^ lately admitted then Entred
2. The Children of y Church Renewed Co\-enant «& Near
One hundred Newly Examined & Propounded Entred into
or Laid hold on y"' Coven' togeth' w"' y'"
3. nV Samuel Clap & m"" Samuel Topliff were ordained
Ruling Elders or Helps in Governm' of y'' Church & m''
Daniel Preston Junior was ordained a Deacon of y'' Chh, y®
R'' m' Thacher Assisting y'' Pastor of y'' Chh y' Day as in
Preaching so in Laying on of hands.
4. His Majestys Proclamation against Imorality & Pro-
fanenesse was Sollemnly Read to y*^^ Congregation
The Names of Such as were Examined allowed & pro-
pounded (before) for laying hold of y'" Covenant on y' same
Day y' oth's renewed y'' Coven' (and on other days) were
22. 12. 1701
Hannah Atherton Hannah Alcock
Sarah Atherton Mercy Bird
Edward Breck Jos. Butt ]\Liry Bird
Roger Billinge John Bradlev Sarah Beamont
Elis. & Bebe Bird
John Billinge Benj Ball Mary Butt Anne Baiton
Nathanael But (Joseph But) Mary Blake Elis. Baker
Joseph ]iillinge Patience Bird Katharine Bird
Jonathan Chandler Ex[)erience Clap.
(Edward Clap 22. 12. 1701) Sarah Clap
John Capcn jun. Huldah Chandler
(Elijah Danforth 22. 12. 1 701) I'llis. & Hanah Capen
(Richard Hawes) Prudence & Silence Foster
Nath : Glovers wife & I'llis. Glover
DORCHESTER CHURCH RECORDS
John Henshaw Hannah Glover & Sarah or Elisabeth Glover
Abraham John James & Samuel How Bathsheba Hall
(Israel Hill 22. 12. 1701) Mary Humfrey
Benjamin Jordan Mary Jinkins
Samuel Leeds Margaret Lord
Nath. Leeds Rebecca Leeds
(Hezekiah Maroh 22. 12. 1701)
Nehemiah Maroh Ebenez. Maudslys wife
Sarah Moseman Sarah Mason
Robert Pelton's wife
(Abigail Swift 22
12. 1 701)
i April. 17.
1708 ( Waitstill Royal
Zachary Trescot \ M" Horton
\ 13- 7-
\ I 1702.
} Rebecca Trescot \ Sarah
\ } But
J May: 1708 ] waitstill Topliff
Henry Tollman > Mary Williams > Anne Tilestone
Daniel Tolman ) Daughf of W. Pond ) Timothy Tilestones
Samuel Tolman Thomas Tilestones wife
Elijah or L-ijah Wales Elisabeth Wales
P^lward White Thankfull Withington
Richard withington Sarah Watkins
Josiah & Eben : Williams (Hannah Withington 22. 12. 1701)
Richard White. Hannah Weeks.
(In 1702 ab* Aprill "& Ab' July 1702
Joseph Bird owned y*" Coven' :) Elis. Long.
At a Meeting of the Elders & Deacons.
March. 6. 1702. Elder Topliff gave up an account of His
Nine (or eight) years Deaconship & He Remains Debtor to
y'' Church for Church Rents &c 10"' & 6'' & to y'^ Poor for
mony given for y"" Use & putt into His hands y" Sume of
3"' 4'"' & I''. Deacon Clap also gave account y' he hath yet
in his hands
Due to y" Poor i"'. 14. 8
& to y'' Chh 2. 01. 2.
DORCHF.STER CHL'KCH RECORDS 1^3
Anrill ^ 1702. Then was Celebrated & Observed a Pub-
lick Fa t 'by 'Proclamation & Order from y Hon" Council
^U^re Pardon & Merc>-U,r o^clves & a Co" -u.k. &
Sc-ttlcm' of our Libertys, Chh" CoUed-c o ^ ^ac^' / ^^";> '
He^tlT& Defence & Conduct for the Kings Majesty, buc-
" o Hi^S^unsel. Parliam-. Armys & Navy. A lokssmg
. Voor ^r Smiles on V" Protestant Interest, & to Ubtain
;M,^a.tnin:;of' i^-p"»i''"= of aU Nations, & y' Accom-
''']!;,r:V' "vthSr^'(R'i n. Walter helped y
^'Z^': ^Samuel'Bmi & Sarah Butt Hls.wite& Patience
La V ?n?e appeared before.y' Ch.uch & P-'!.™; y^^°"f - "'
V- Sins of Fornication to y' Satisfactu.n of y Churchy
^ An' W 1702 A Contribution for Israel Hd who la>
lo^V ill of » 'broken Bone & is still Lame. Ihen was
""tTl^.^y at New York is Sore & Dreadfull.)
Oct - 1702 A General Fast on ace .unt of y war &
''lie"- f: a^'t^Tn::;! r D-^^ ^t Boston amount to 5C»
'"■^ov°r;702 A Contribution for Obcd: Hawes
Nov 8 1702 The Chh. at Duxborough's Letter was
, . •■ .Lv rpnuested m' Robinsons Dismission to > .
'°"uif v"pre bvterv IClder Topliff was Voted to accom-
hands of y ircsnyier). ■- „, ,'„ii, i„=,,„t which was per-
K •r?h!n!';:^.q^T\i-:^w'p'H sro?"H-
many Men then Joyned. as doubled > number ol )
'"Sec'' .0. .702. A Publick Thanksgivin:,' & then was col-
'"petr^'is''' '70^ A publick fast (Sieknesse still continuing
& „.rre impending^^ _^ ^_^ ^^,^^,^^^. ^^ ^ „.,
^/.J. ^ lives at Sam- Capen jun- house
L^dAold on r Covenant^ >-" - •-'""•"""
124 DORCHESTER CHURCH RECORDS
April. 8. 1703. A publ : Gencrall Thanksgiving for Her
Majestys Successes by Sea & Land against y' French &
Spaniards in Europe & America, many Ships, much Treasure
& many Towns being taken.
Then Contributed for Goodwife Birch.
M'" John Earl of Marlborough is Capt. General of y'' Land
forces James Duke of Ormond is General of y** Fleet forces
& S"" George Rook is Admiral of y'' Fleet ; und'" o'' Soveraign
Queen Anne who came to y" Throne March. 8. 1702. But
before y" Late King William y" 3'^ of Glorious Memory died,
there were Sundry Socictys Sett up for Reformation of
Manne''s, & behold y'' Smiles of Heaven, upon y'' Same, o""
Nation being on a Suddain filld with plenty of Grain &
plenty of Silver, (y'' Plate Fleet being taken,) & plenty of
Hono" & Victory, So that y^ Queen has Invited Her Sub-
jects in y*" plantations in America to Rejoyce with Her & so
Return Thanks to God.
Aug. 17. 1703 Our Lecture day: Kept for a day of
Prayer in this Town & Church to implore Converting Grace
for the Unconverted, & particularly for the Rising Genera-
tion ; ■& to implore deliverance from our French & Indian
Enemys who have lately made a great Slaughter, & Taken
many Captives at y*" Eastward, & to beg Raine from Heaven.
M'" : God sent a j^lentifull Raine ; Item Diverse of our
Enemys have fallen into our hands. 8. 7"'. 1703.
Sept. 23. 1703. Kept for fasting & pray' (a Proclamation
from his Excellency Joseph Dudley Esq &c Governo"" being
Read before, appointing y'' Same, Especially for to implore
y'" Divine mercy for The Queens Majesty the Protestant In-
terests in Europe, our forces now advancing against y*^
Enemy, & o"" Fronteirs exposed.)
Nov. 7. 1703, John Maxfield laid hold on y' Coven'.
Dec. 9. 1703. A publick Thanksgiving for Removal of
Sicknesse, Continuance of Health, a plentifull harvest, y'
Safe Arrival of many of our vessels from Engl : &c. re-
straint upon Enemys &c. Then was Collected for y'' Poor
3". 5. 3. & 2^ Corn
Febr. 1703 Captivated from Deerfield, the Rev'' m' John
Williams ; & 96 more but killed by y'' F'rench & Indians
nOKCHESTKR CIIL'KCII RKCOROS I 25
52 wrof nV Williams one & some of y'' Children & Eleven
Souldicrs some y' were sent to y"" Garison oth'" (viz 5) )'
came in upon y" Alarum & 14 men more Diverse houses
burnt about 50 french & Indians kill'd as Col : Patricks
March 5. 1704. Jonathan Chandler Made publick Con-
fession ot y" Sin of fornication, to acceptance.
May 18 1704 A Province Fast by Proclamation & there
was a slaughter & captivation of People at Northampton six
days before. We Read a Declaration for Reformation.
June 18. 1704 Experience Birch laid hold on y" Coven' &
a little before Anna the Daughter of Nath : Lion Laid hold
on y" Covenant.
July 18, 1704. Our Lecture was turned into a Day of
humiliation & Pray' — To Ask Converting Grace & to ask
Rain in a Time of Drouth & wars — & oth' mercys. The
Pastor being sick, M' Thacher & M' Walters Preached &
Prayed & m"" Cotton Mather helped in prayer. Mercifull
showers f(jllowed. & in Diverse Churches hereabouts & as
Convenient y" wheel of pray' has been & is now going,
Audiat Dominus Amen.
Octobr. 22. 1704. We read a Lett' from the Church in
Marlborow Requesting us to send our Elders & Messengers
to assist in the Ordination of nV Robert Brick y' Pastor.
The Chh officers, so many as could attend it were Sent.
Oct. 29. 1704. Account was given to y" Chh tha.t Our
Pastor with Elder Clap & Deacon Preston jun', went & met
in Council with ]\P Easterbrooks m' Clark & m' Rawson the
Pastors of Concord, Chelmsford & Mendon & with th.e
Brethren that attended them & m' Breck was admitted into
y' Church on y" 24"' day, Ordained on y' 25"', The Presbytery
laying on Mands AP. Easterbrooks giving y' Charge m'
Clark giving the Right hand of fellowshiii. Our Pastor giv-
ing the Charge to y" Chh to doe y' Duty to y' Pastor & m'
Ravv.son Calling for the Suffrages & votes &c. No man C^j)-
posing, & Gotif in Christ most graciously Assisting.
M On y" 25"' day at Night, M' Gardin' Minister of L;ui-
caster was killed, one of the watch shooting Him by Mis-
Nov. 23. 1704. A publick Thanksgiving for Defeat of
Enemys at home & in Europe, disapointm' of y' Exjieditions
against us, by Sea & Land y' many of them are delivered
126 DORCHESTER CHURCH RECORDS
by a storm on y'" by sea, & by o"" surpizing y"" by Land into
o' hands, y' a good harvest has been graunted notwithstand-
ing y" Drouth, with Health & y' priviledges of o'' holy Relig-
ion — Then was Collected for y' poor — 3
M'"- 10. 10'". 1704. The Decease of y' Rev'^ nV Clark of
Chelmsford was publickly Lamented in a Sermon on Acts
20. 25, 37, 38.
Item the Revd m"" Williams of Dearfield is still in Cap-
tivity, & Dunstable not yet supplyed with a Pastor. Thus in
y*^^ frontier Towns are tokens of the Anger of y*^ Lord, from
Deerfield to Dunstable.
March, i. 170! A Publick Fast by Proclamation.
March. 1 i. 170*. Upon y' Request of 46 men of Woburn
(10) of w'" were in full Comunion the Church Chose Their
3 Elders & Deacon Clap to Assist at a Council there to be
Held, Volente Deo, on April 24*'^ next.
April 12 1705 A publick Thanksgiving for the Queens
Victory with y" Confederates & y' Governors Deliverances,
& o' Late Exemption from molestations by o' Enemys.
April. 24. 1705. The Elders of Billerica, Concord Dor-
chester, Cambridge Farms, & Andover met (& m"" Pierpoint
of Reading & nV Woodbridge of Medford but Left us again)
& y"" were oth' messeng's from Billerica Dorchester &
Concord who Advised y'" to forbear undue Reflections at
Woburn & Directed y"' to Restore m' Wyman if He owned
His Rashnesse, after y' having an Opportunity, He did not
make out His Charge against Maj^ Converse.
May. 10. 1705. The Messeng''s of o"" Chh went to y*^
Ordination of the Reverend m'' T. Bridge a Pastor or
Teacher to y' first Chh in Boston.
May. 22. 1705 The messeng''s of o"" Chh went to a Coun-
cil at Sudbury who advized y*^ Silencing of m"" Sherman upon
Probation of His Good behaviour for a Time a few weeks
June I, 1705. The Elders & Deacons were Chosen by
the Church to attend & conjoyn ye messengers of 5 oth'
Churches as a Council at Meadford on July y'' 10"'.
June 5, 1705. The Sudbury-council met again (not at
Sudbury but Boston) & voted to advise the Chh at Sudbury
to depose y' Pastor, & forbid Him y" Sacrament.
June 8'", 1705. Ruth Kenny laid hold on the Covenant.
July 10 & 1 1 The Council at Meadford upon hearing of
both partys Detected faults in both, Advised Confession,
A Trial for Reconciliation in y'' first place, & if it proved
vain, then that m' Woodbridge & They doe lovingly Part.
dorciiesti:k church records 127
M' Woodbridge (since y',) has made Confession, & y' Trial
(Sept. ir. 1705. A meeting of y'' Delegates of y'' yVsso-
ciations at Boston.)
Sept. 13. The Siidbury-Council met in Boston at nV
Wadsworths & voted to withdraw y"' right hand of fellow-
ship from m' Sherman, & not to acknowledge Him any
longer as a Minister of y'' Gospel & y' m' Angier publish it
at Sudbury on some Sabbath day.
The Same Day, The Delegates or Representatives of the
ministers of y' Associations in y'' Province — y' came to
Boston, agreed Sundry Things about Stated Councills, to be
Comunicated to y' Churches (& Pastors.)
Sept. 23. 1705. Mary Daughter of Richard Butt & wife
of Eben': Lawrance made a Penitent Confession of y' sin
of Fornication with said Lawrance before marriage. & it
was accepted by y' Church.
Sept. 30. 1705. Then was Read a Proclamation for a
Thanksgiving for y'' Oueens life & victorys, Restraint of
enemys from y' Injurys & outrages upon us, for Fruits of
Harvest & Health & all Publick Interests & Enjoyments to
be Observed on y"' 18"' of October next, volente Deo.
Oct. 21. 1705. The Widow Chaplain upon Her penitent
Confession was released from the Censure of Admonition.
Nov. II. 1705. Ebenezer Lawrance made a Penitent Con-
fession of His Sin of Fornication with Mary Butt (before
marriage) Committed, w""'' was to Acceptation.
Jan" 13. 1705-6. Then was Read a Proclamation from
y*^ Governo' & Council & a Command of y'' Queen for a
Thanksgiving thro'' y" Provinces of Massachusets Bay &
New Hampshire for Her Majestys Victorys over y'' French :
y" Duke of Marlborough vid my Lord Chhhill being Cieneral
of y" forces in y" Netherlands, y' Day appointed is Jan'-''
Feb. 25. 1705-6. Elder Toplilf Paid to Deacon Clap of
y" Churches mony that was in His hands Seven pounds
Seventeen shillings & Nine Pence.
March y' i"'. 170;';. Elder Tojjliff Paid to Deacon Preston
twenty Seven sh : & 11'' in Mony & p Discount for monys
laid out for y" Church 14"'' & 10' — In full of all Church
accounts. Item The .same day Was paid to y'' Saiil Deacon
m' Preston with m' Sam' Capen In Mony 45"'' & r' : & p
Discount for w' He laid out for y' Poor of y" Town K/''. — p
April. 7. 1706. lulw. I'ostcr laid hold on y' Coven' &
Then was Read a Proclamation for a fast on v' I'S"'.
128 DORCHESTER CHURCH RECORDS
April. 14. 1706. Margaret Cocks made a Publick Confes-
sion of Her Shamefull Sin of Fornication which was Ac-
Aprill. 18. 1706. In y*" Evening of y'' Publick fast a Con-
tribution for Joseph Hewens Jun' of abt 5"' wanting i'''. At
noon Old Goodwife Plum was buried.
M'" This week a man in Tanton dropt down dead in
y" street — & a Child there was drowned.
Samson Walters, a strong young man in Boston was
found dead in y° morning Leaning ov' His bed
The Deacons Aged Brother in Watertown on a Lords
<^ day bowed to y*" Minister coming into y'' Meeting-house
& sunk down — & so died — & of Late Time we have
been alarumed from Heaven with divers suddain Deaths
— one was drowned at Sudbury & not 2 foot of Water —
At Braintry one Everet a young man was well & fell ill of
, a fev' & died in about 2 or 3 days.
April. 28. 1706. A brief declaring y" Sacking of S'
Christophers by y*" french & y' miserable Condition Call-
ing for y'' Charity of Good People
May 5. 1706. Collected for St. Christophers — 10"':
<; 3^'^ : io'\
May. 10. old mother Pelton buryed — Sundry Slain &
taken by y'' Enemy at y" Eastward.
News is come y' Nevis is taken by y*" French & set at
(^an High Ransom of [, . . . ].
October 13. 1706. Ebenczer Billinge junior laid hold on
October 17. 1706. A Publick Thanksgiving thro'out this
& Pascataway Provinces, for General, Health, Safety, Lib-
erty, Harvest, & other Blessings, At home, for Return of
Many Captives, & for Signal Victorys Given to o' Sover-
October, 29. 1706. The Aged & Pious widow Woods,
Father Maudsly, & Father Pearse deceased lately.
November, 24. 1706 2 Letters one from y'' Chh, y'' other
from y*" Dissenting Bretheren in woburn Requesting elders
& messengers to he sent to hold a Counsel there on y'' 4"' of
December were Read & our Church Voted that y" Elders &
Deacons & m"" Samuel Wiswell should Accompany y" Pastor.
Nov. 28. 1706. m""- Enoch Wiswal An Aged Pious & use-
full Person Deceased.
DORCHESTER CHURCH RECORDS 1 39
Dec. S. 1706. An Account of y'' Result of y" late Coun-
cil at Woburn was Given to y" Chh & of y'' Effect of it, viz
)■'■ Restoration of Jacob W'yman again unto Full CoiTiunion
upon His Confession of Some Fault : & It was Declared by
y'' Council of 8 Churches that none ought to be excomuni-
cated except in very weighty & very Clear Cases, & y' upon
y' private Dissatisfactions, Brethren ought not to withdraw
from y" Comunion of y'' Church, we left y'" in Peace by the
mercy of the Lord.
Memorandum the Reverend m' John Williams Pastor of
Deerfield & many Captives with Mini returned from y""
french & Indian Captivity very lately in Answer to Publ.
Fray's on that behalf : Gloria Deo in Xto.
January 12. 1706-7. A Letter from some J^rethren in
Meadford or Mistick was Read Requesting Council : The
Chh Chose y' Elders & Deacons to attend y'' Service.
Feb. 2. 1706-7. An Account was Given to y'' Chh y' the
Council of 4 Churches at Medford advised M"" W. (wood-
bridge) to make a partic : Confession of His offences & His
Opposers to Confesse y"" offences, & Each Party in y'' Town
to Confesse y' heats & faults to y" oth' Party Or otherwise
that m' W: & y" Town part Lovingly according to y"' advice
of y"' former Council. &c.
Feb. 23. 1706-7. Voted y' March y" 4"' be kept (at Dor-
chester) in fasting & Prayer to humble o'selves for o' sins &
to beg for Grace & all Blessings for o'selves & oth's.
^Larch. 4. 1706-7. the Revd m' Fisk & m' Williams
(lately returned from Captivity) preached, & m' Walter as-
sisted in Prayer.
April y" 16. 1707. Wednesday: Our forces being de-
signed for Portroyal ag" y'' P2nemy A fast in this & y' Next
Province was kept by Publ. Proclamation & order (to im-
plore y' mercy of the LORD.)
April y'" 21. The Rev''- m' Torrey of Weymouth De-
ceased who had been 50 years in y"' ministry an able painfull
faithful! minister of Christ Aetatis Anno ^6, or jj. He
was born some weeks before His Time & was kept in warm
Lamb skins till y'' full j)rop' time Came.
May 5. 1707. The Aged Widow m" Mary ALa.xTield was
buried. Aetatis Anno 86 or ^"j.
May. 4. 1707. A Letter from y"" Chh of Braintrey was
read requesting Elders & messengers to Come to Counsel
y'" ; & with y" lUders, y" Chh Sent y" Deacons.
May 7"'. The Counsil injoyned a Confession on y'' South
End Brethren ^^ ad\ized y" Town to raise maintenance for a
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2'' minister, & adjourned ; Item they advized that when the