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MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

Proceedings at the Celebration of the
CtDO fluntireti anti jFifttetf) 9lnnt\jersar^ of the

INCORPORATION OF THE TOWN June 6,igoi




BOSTON
GEO. H. ELLIS CO., PRINTERS, 272 CONGRESS STREET

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CONTENTS



PRELIMINARY ACTION OF THE TOWN AND WORK OF THE

ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE. ,^„

Action at Town Meeting, March 5, 1900 7

Report of the Anniversary Committee . 7

List of Invited Guests . 12

Official Program 13

THE CELEBRATION.

Sunday at the Churches ... 21

The Procession .62

The Sports 64

LITERARY EXERCISES AT THE CHURCH.

Introductory Address by Joseph A. Allen 65

Historical Address by William S. Tilden 69

THE BANQUET.

Remarks by the President of the Banquet, James Hewins, Esq^ ... 89

Response of Don Gleason Hill 89

Response of Julius H. Tuttle 92

Response of Frank Smith 93

Response of Hon. Robert R. Bishop 94

Response of Rev. Carlton A. Staples 98

Response of George M. Fiske I02

Response of Nathaniel T. Allen 105

LOAN COLLECTION.

List of Contributors 107

INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF MEDFIELD.

Excelsior Straw Works 109

Bonnet, Hat, and Frame Wire Factory no

Medfield Insane Asylum m



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.



FACING PAGE



" The Willows " Frontispiece

The Peak House "

Pages from Original Town Book, 165 i, with Agreement and Signa-
tures 13

The Harding Place on Canal Street, later the Bishop Homestead . 23

The Old Hotel, 1852, Site of Present Town Hall 23

Unitarian Church of 1789 as Remodelled in 1839 23

The Baxter Homestead 27

Baptist Church of 1838 37

Headstone in Vine Lake Cemetery, Son of Rev. John Willson, First

Minister of Boston 43

From the Plimpton Monument, Vine Lake Cemetery 43

Browse Tablet on Front of Town Hall 43

Headstone of the First Settler, Erected by Descendants .... 49

Panel from the Morse Monument 49

Birthplace of Rev. Pitt Clark, Elm Street 55

Corner of Main and North Streets, i860 61

Antique Exhibit in Parade, June 6, 1901 63

Oldest Stone with an Inscription, 1661 69

First Headstone Erected, 1654 69

" King Philip Cottage," Corner of Main and Short Streets ... 73
Old Pratt Place, Corner of North and Pine Streets, Later the Harm-

STAD Place 77

Old Newell House, Bridge Street 87

The Old Chenery Saw-mill 95

Corner of Main and South Streets, 1875 99

Site of the Homestead of Lieutenant Henry Adams and of the First

Mill, 1652 105

Communion Tankard from the Old Church, Panels from the Pulpit

OF 1656, Lantern, Foot-stove, and Contribution Box 107



PRELIMINARY ACTION of the TOWN and
ACTION of the ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE.

The warrant for the Medfield town meeting held March 5, 1900, con-
tained the following : —

Article 19. To see if the town will take any action regarding the
proper celebration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settle-
ment of the town, appoint any committee to have charge thereof, make any
appropriation therefor, or do or act anything relating thereto.

At the above-mentioned town meeting it was voted that a committee of
three be appointed, who shall designate a committee of five, who shall report
at some future meeting. William S. Tilden, Wilmot W. Mitchell, and
George Washburn were appointed by the moderator of the meeting a com-
mittee of three, and presented the names of Joseph A. Allen, James
Hewins, Edwin V. Mitchell, William S. Tilden, and Henry E. Marshall
as the committee of five, and it was voted that they be appointed a committee
to take the matter into consideration and report at some future meeting.

The first meeting of the committee of five, or Anniversary Committee,
was held at the room of the Historical Society on Thursday evening, Sept.
27, 1900. The meeting was informal, and nothing was done beyond discuss-
ing the matter in a general way.

On Monday evening, Oct. 8, 1900, a second meeting was held at the
same place. At this meeting it was voted that George Washburn be a Sec-
retary for the Committee, and that this Committee be an Executive Commit-
tee to take full charge of the Anniversary Celebration. It was furthermore
voted to have Mr. Willard Harwood act with this Committee.

The following votes were also passed : —

I. To commence the exercises of Anniversary Day by the ringing of
bells and the blowing of whistles at sunrise.

II. To request the local clergymen to deliver historical addresses con-
cerning their respective churches and from their respective pulpits on the
Sunday preceding the Anniversary Day.

III. To have a procession and to invite the following citizens to serve
on sub-committees : —

Trades: Messrs. William Marshall, Clinton M. Clark, Patrick H.
Leahy, Thomas E. Schools, and J. A. Fitts.



8 z->,oth ANNIVERSARY of the INCORPORATION

Historical Features : Fred. M. Smith, Mrs. Abbie A. Bishop, Mrs. Olive
B. Monks, Mrs. Alice H. Bartlett, and Miss Rosa S. Allen.

Schools: Mr. Leonard M. Patton, principal of high school, and the
other teachers.

Organizations: Heads of the various organizations.

V. To have a Loan Exhibition under the direction of the following
committee: Mrs. George Washburn, Mr. Albert A. Lovell, Miss Eliza-
beth S. Sewall, Mr. J. Herbert Baker, Miss Harriet A. Fowle, and Miss
Lucretia M. Johnson.

VL To invite the following gentlemen to serve as a Committee on
Music : Messrs. Henry E. Marshall, William S. Tilden, and James Ord.

VIL To have a Committee on Printing and Advertising, the following
gentlemen being invited to serve : Messrs. Stillman J. Spear, J. Herbert
Baker, and George Washburn.

VI I L To have a General Hospitality Committee, the following ladies
and gentlemen being requested to act : Mr. Willard Harwood, the clergy-
men of Medfield, Mrs. Edwin V. Mitchell, Miss Helen S, Brown, and the
Hannah Adams Club.

IX. To have a Committee on Decorations to embrace the following:
Mr. Henry J. Dunn, Mrs. Moses F. Clark, Mrs. Sarah A. Fitts, Mr.
Michael E. Griffin, Mrs. Henry M. Parker, and Mrs. Ellen Curtis.

X. To have a Banquet, the arrangements to be left with the Anniver-
sary Committee.

XI. To invite Mr. James Ord to act as Chief Marshal of the proces-
sion.

For various reasons a number of the ladies and gentlemen appointed on
these committees were unable to act, and the committees, as they actually
served, appear In the Program incorporated in this volume. Other members
were substituted.

In compliance with the vote passed at the town meeting held March 5,
1900, a special town meeting was duly warned and held on the evening of
Oct. 27, 1900.

Article 1 of the warrant reads as follows : —

To hear and act upon the report of the Committee appointed at the
last Annual Town Meeting to take into consideration the matter of a cele-
bration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of
the town, and to see if the town will do or act anything relating to such cele-
bration and appropriate money therefor.



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Mr. Joseph A. Allen, Chairman of the Anniversary Committee, made a
report embodying the doings of this Committee as hereinbefore recorded,
and Mr. James Hewins suggested an appropriation of $1,500.

The report of the Committee was accepted and adopted, and it was voted

That the sum of 1 1,500 be granted, appropriated, and raised by tax-
ation for the purpose of celebrating the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary
of the incorporation of the town of Medfield.

At a meeting of the Committee held Nov. 5, 1900, it was voted that a
Committee on Agriculture be appointed to prepare some feature for the
procession, the committee to consist of the following : Messrs. Hamlet
Wight, Amos E. Mason, Albert W. Shumway, George W. Kingsbury, Fran-
cis D. Hamant, Alanson H. Clark, Lewis A. Cutler, George W. Bruce, and
George L. L. Allen. It was also voted that the Secretary be authorized to
prepare such an invitation as he may deem proper, to be sent to the Select-
men of Millis, requesting them to present it to their townsmen, inviting
them to participate in the procession on Anniversary Day.

The following letter was prepared by the Secretary, and he was directed
to forward a copy at once : —

To THE Selectmen of Millis:

Gentlemen, — At a recent meeting of the Committee appointed by the
town to take into consideration the proper celebration of the two hundred
and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of Medfield the Secretary of the
Committee was instructed to extend, through you, an invitation to the cit-
izens of Millis (in consideration of its having been originally a part of Med-
field) to participate in the procession, which will be one of the features of
the day.

The celebration will occur early in June next. The procession embraces
five divisions, schools, trades, organizations, agricultural and historical feat-
ures.

We should be pleased to have your citizens form committees and pre-
sent any features that will add to the attraction of the j^rocession.

Yours respectfully,

GEO. WASHBURN,
For the Conwiittce.

At a meeting of the Committee held March 14, 1901, it was voted that
James Hewins, Esq., should preside at the Banquet.



lo zt^oth ANNIVERSARY of the INCORPORATION

On Monday evening, March i8, 1901, another meeting was held, and it
was voted : —

I. That the Waltham Watch Factory Band be hired to furnish music
for the occasion.

II. That Mr. Tilden's sketches, " A Visit to an Early Settler's Home"
and " A Sunday in the Old Meeting-house," be printed in separate volumes
as souvenirs of the anniversary.

III. That the Banquet be held in Chenery Hall.

IV. That the literary exercises be held in the First Congregational
Church.

At a meeting held March 25, 1 901, it was voted to have sports and
games on the day of the anniversary celebration, and that Henry E. Young
be appointed to direct said sports and games, and that he select two or four
other persons to serve with him, such selection to be subject to the approval
of the Committee.

A meeting of the Committee was held April 8, 1901, and the route of
procession was agreed upon.

April 22, i90i,itwas voted that a circular be issued, inviting the co-
operation of the tradespeople in carrying out the plan of a procession. The
Secretary was instructed to prepare and issue said circular, which was as fol-
lows : —

To THE Manufacturers, Merchants, and Tradesmen of Medfield :

The Town of Medfield will celebrate the two hundred and fiftieth anni-
versary of its incorporation on June 6, 1901.

One of the features of the day is a procession, which will start promptly
at 9 o'clock A.M.

The procession embraces schools, organizations, historical features, and
displays by the business men of the town, and promises to be the most ex-
tensive parade the town has ever witnessed.

Will you kindly add to its success by displaying your business in the
procession ? The committees you may consult are : —

On Trades: Messrs. Charles J. Sawyer, Clinton M. Clark, Thomas E.
Schools, J. Augustus Fitts.

On Agriculture : Messrs. Hamlet Wight, Albert W. Shumway, Francis
D. Hamant, George W. Kingsbury, Lewis A. Cutler, George W. Bruce,
William F. Guild, George L. L. Allen.

Per order of Anniversary Committee, PFO WASHRURN

Secretary.



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May 14, 1901, the committee voted that the ushers at the literary ex-
ercises be selected from the descendants of the thirteen original settlers. A
list of the ushers is printed in the Program.

During the month of May the following towns were billed by the Sec-
retary : Medfield, Norfolk, Dover, Needham, Dedham, Natick, Framing-
ham, South Framlngham, Wellesley, Franklin, Wrentham, West Newton,
Bridgewater, Sherborn, Medway, West Medway, Norwood, Westwood, and
Millis.

A meeting of the Anniversary Committee was held at the house of Col-
onel E. V. Mitchell on Tuesday evening, June 4, 1901. The object of
the meeting was for general discussion in regard to final details. At this
meeting Colonel Mitchell very kindly offered his carriages for the use of
the Anniversary Committee and for other purposes.

On June 11, 1 901, a meeting of the Committee was held to consider
all bills presented up to this date ; and it was voted " that the Chairman of
the Anniversary Committee be, and hereby is, authorized and directed to
sign all bills in approval of the same." The same plan was adopted in re-
gard to all future bills presented.

Previous to the celebration, twenty-one meetings were held by the Com-
mittee. In this account of the preliminary action of the Committee, only
such matters as are deemed of interest to the citizens of the town are inserted.
Since the celebration, numerous meetings have been held to perfect the Com-
mittee's labor.



INVITED GUESTS.



The following were invited to the celebration : —


His Excellency, W. Murray Crane, Governor.


Herbert W. Wight .... Medfield


of the Commonwealth.


Mrs. H. W. Wight








Medfield


Hon. Robert R. Bishop


. Newton Centre


Herbert W. Hutson








Medfield


Mrs. Robert R. Bishop




Newton Centre


Mrs. H. W. Hutson








Medfield


Rev. Carlton A. Staples




. Lexington


Rev. John A. Savage








Medfield


Don Gleason Hill .






Dedham


Mrs. J. A. Savage .








Medfield


George H. Ellis . .






West Newton


Rev. Leroy M. Pierce








Medfield


Mrs. George H. Ellis






West Newton


Mrs. L. M. Pierce.








Medfield


Frank Smith .






Dedham


Rev. Silas L. Morse








Medfield


Moses Ellis






Framingham


Mrs. S. L. Morse .








Medfield


George M. Fiske .






Auburndale


T. H. Johnson .






"■




Julius H. Tuttle . .






Dedham


Mrs. T. H. Johnson










Charles F. Jenney






Hyde Park


G. H. Remele . .










Willard Howe . .




So. Framingham


Mrs. G. H. Remele








Albion


Edgar Potter . . .




So. Framingham


D. M. Babcock








Quartette


Dr. Frank L. Babcock




Dedham


Mrs. D. M. Babcock










Rev. D. H. Riley .




. . Walpole


J. C. Bartlett . .










John W. Fairbanks .




Pasadena, Cal.


Mrs. J. C. Bartlett .






^




Nathaniel T. Allen .




. West Newton


H. R. Searles . .






. New York


Mrs. N. T. Allen .




. West Newton


Mrs. H. R. Searles .






. New York


Edward M. Bent . .




. . Medfield


Granville F. Dailey .






. New York


Mrs. E. M. Bent . .






. Medfield


Mrs. G. F. Dailey .








New York



Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Department.
Boston, June 3, 1901.
George Washburn, Esq., Secretary, Medfield, Mass.:

My dear Sir, — I beg to acknowledge receipt of the invitation of the
Town of Medfield to be present at the celebration of the two hundred
and fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of the town, on Thursday,
June the sixth.

I have delayed answering this invitation in the hope that my official
duties would permit me to accept; but, as the legislature is still in session,
and as so many important matters are likely to demand my attention during
the next few days, I feel unable to take upon myself any additional duties,
and, therefore, must ask you to excuse me from attending your celebration.
I beg to be permitted, however, to express my best wishes for the continued
prosperity of your town, and to remain

Yours very truly,

W. M. CRANE.



CELEBRATION of the
250th ANNIVERSARY of
the Incorporation of the town
of Medfield, Thursday, June 6
nineteen hundred and one



1651




1901



ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE



JOSEPH A. ALLEN
WILLARD HARWOOD
JAMES HEWINS



Col. EDWIN V. MITCHELL
WILLIAM S. TILDEN
HENRY E. MARSHALL



AGRICULTURE.

committee.

Hamlet Wight, Albert W. Shumway, Francis D. Hamant, George W. Kingsbury, Lewis

A. Cutler, George VV. Bruce, George L. L. Allen, F. Winthrop Wardner, William

F. Guild, George S. Cheney, George P^aston, R. Busby Newcomb.

LITERARY EXERCISES AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

AT n O'CLOCK A.M.

L Music. Brass Quartette from American Watch Company Band of Waltham.

IL Invocation. Rev. C. A. Staples, of Lexington.

III. Hymn. Sung by the audience. Tune, " Hebron," written in 1833 by Dr. Lowell Mason,
a native of Medfield.



I. O God, beneath thy guiding hand

Our exiled fathers crossed the sea;
And, when they trod the wintry strand,

With prayer and praise they worshipped thee.



Laws, freedom, truth, and faith in God
Came with those exiles o'er the waves ;

And where their pilgrim feet have trod.
The God they trusted guards their graves.



3. And here thy name, O God of love,

Their children's children shall adore,
Till these eternal hills remove.

And spring adorns the earth no more.



IV. Introductory Address. Mr. Joseph A. Alien, President of the Day.
V. Song. " The breaking waves dashed high." Mr. J. C. Bartlett.
VL Historical Address. Mr. W. S. Tilden.



VII. Recitation.



" The American Indian,"

Miss Rosa S. Allen.



VIII. National Hymn. " America." By the audience.



This hyn



itteii by Dr. S. F. Smith, was
Boston, under the dii



St sung to '* Ameri
lion of Lowell Ma



J "July 4, 1832,
in, of Medfield.



: Park Street Church,



My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died.
Land of the pilgrim's pride.
From every mountain side

Let freedom ring.



Sprague



My native country, thee, —
Land of the noble free, —

Thy name I love :
I love thy rocks and rills.
Thy woods and templed hills ;
My heart with rapture thrills,

Like that above.



Our fathers' God ! to thee.
Author of liberty.

To thee we sing :
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light ;
Protect us by thy might,

Great God, our King !



The following young lady ushers at the Literar)' Exercises are descendants of the thirteen
original settlers of the town, as indicated : —
Edith M. Harwood, ..... descendant of Ralph Wheelock.



Nellie E. Ellis,
Pauline F. Allen,
Mary A. Babcock,
Rosa S. Allen.
Helen S. Brown, .
Mary E. Hamant,
Louise M. Cole,
Abbie A. Bishop,
Mabel H. Ellis, .
Harriet A. Fowle,
Emma M. Walker,



" John Ellis.

•' Samuel Bullen.

•• Daniel Morse.

" James Allen.

" Joseph Clark.

" Francis Hamant.

" John Turner.

'• Timothy Dwight.

" Robert Hinsdale.

" John Frairy.

■■ Thomas and John Wight.



Newton Centre,

Lexington,

Dedham,



BANQUET AT CHENERY HALL
AT J O'CLOCK P.M.

J.^MF.s Hewins, Esq., will preside.
Post-prandial speeches are expected from the following gentlemen : —

Hon. Robert R. Bishop, .... . Newton Centre, Mass.

Rev. Carlton A. Staples,

Mr. Julius H. Tuttle,

Mr. Don Gleason Hill, "

Mr. George M. Fiske, . Auburndale,

Mr. Charles F. Jennev, Hyde Park,

Mr. Frank Smith, Dedham,

Mr. Edgar Potter, South Framingham

Mr. Nathaniel T. Allen, West Newton,

Mr. Geo. H. Ellis, . ' "

Vocal selections will also be given by the Albion Quartette : Messrs. T. H. Johnson, J. C.
Bartlett, G. H. Remele, D. M. Babcock.

LOAN EXHIBITION

in the vestrj- of the First Congregational Church. The Exhibition will be closed during the Literary

E.xercises.

COMMITTEE.

Sarah A. Fitts, Harriet A. Fowle, Lucretia M. Johnson, Edith M. Harwood, Ellen B.

Washburn, Amos H. Mason, E. Chamberlain, Edward P. Gillev,

Orin T. Mason, J. Herbert Baker.



BAND CONCERT IN THE AFTERNOON.

COMMITTEE ON MUSIC

Messrs. Henry E. Marshall. William S. Tildex, and James Ord.



SPORTS AND GAMES AT 2.30 P.M.

COMMITTEE.

Henry E. Young, Cijnton M. Clark, H. L. Richardson, P. E. Woolford, and M. E. Griffin.



ORDER OF EVENTS.
Tub Race.

One Hundred Yard Dash, free for all.
One Hundred Yard Dash, fifteen years and under.
Hurdle Race.
Potato Race.
Obstacle Race.
Running High Jump.
Running Broad Jump.
Three-legged Race.

Base-ball Game, Married Men «os. Single Men.
The sports and games will take place on Mrs. Samuel Ellis's field, entrance from Adams Ave. only.

Ringing of bells and blowing of whistles at 7 o'clock P.M.

CONCERT AT 8 P.M.

By the American Watch Company Rand of Waltham.

PROGRAM.

J. March. "1901,"

2. Overture. " Masaniello," ....

3. Waltz. " New Vienna," . .

4. Cornet Solo. Tafley Maiich,

5. Selection. Finale from " Ariele,"

6. Characteristic. " Love's Confession,' ....

7. Duet. "Serenade," .......

WiLLlA.M IlKAKLF.Y, Flute; GEO. Newcombe, French Horn.

8. Selection. '' Carmen,"

9. Descriptive. "The Cavalry Chargv,' ....
10. March. " Utopian,'"

John M. Flock ruN, Conductor.

Other Committees on this occasion are as follows: —

GENERAL HOSPITALITY.

Mr. WiLLARD Harwood, Mrs. Maria L. Parker, Miss Helen S. Brown, Rev. John A. Savage,
Rev. Silas L. Morse, Rev. Lerov M. Pierce, and the Hannah Adams Club.

DECORATIONS.

Mr. Henry J. Dunn, Mrs. Moses F. Clark, Mrs. Sarah A. Fitts,
Mr. Michael E. Griffin, Mr. Fred M. Smith.



Brooks

Auber

Strauss

Selected

Bach

Morris

Till

Bizet
Luders
Reeves



PRINTING and ADVERTISING.

Mr. Stillman J. Stear, J. Herbert Baker, Georoe Washburn.



PLACES OF HISTORIC INTEREST.



John Wilson's Homestead,

Lowell Mason's Birthplace,

Hannah Adams's Birthplace,

Site of First School-house,

Site of Old Fort,

Site of the Indian Barbecue,

Ancient Buryingground,

Thomas Mason's Homestead,

Allen Homestead,

Peak House,

Birthplace of Eleazer Smith,



Site of Chenery Hall

North Street

Elm Street

near corner North and Janes Streets

Philip Street

beyond Brastow's Bridge

Main Street

North Street

North Street

Main Street

High Street



DEPARTURE OF STEAM CARS,
FROM MEDFIELD CENTRE.



Going North.

i.n P.M.

5. II ••

7. II -
10.19 "



Going South.

12.49 ''•^'•

3-49 ■■

6.49 •

9-45 ■■



FROM MEDFIELD JUNCTION

To Boston and way stations. To Woonsocket and way stations.

12.38 P.M. 1.22 P.M.

4-5° '■ 4-34 "

6.44 •• 6.07 '•

7.02 ••

To Framingham. To Mansfield.

1. 15 P.M. 12.4s f-^'-
S-iS •■ 3-45 ■

7-15 " 6.45 •

10.22 " To Walpole only.

9.40 P.M.

ELECTRICS LEAVE MEDFIELD

For Dedham and for Franklin at frequent intervals.



ILLUSTRATED SOUVENIRS OF MEDFIELD LIFE by W illiam S. Tilden.
I. A Visit to an Early Homestead.
II. A Sunday in the Old Meetings-house.

Will be for sale at the Medfield News Company. Price 25 cents each.



SERMONS AT THE CHURCHES
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 1901

The churches were well filled on this day to listen to the addresses
delivered from the different pulpits, — addresses full of historic interest.



FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.

FOUNDED IN 1651.

SERMON PREACHED BY THE PASTOR, REV. JOHN ARTHUR SAVAGE.

" Stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord of all the righteous acts of the Lord,
which he did to you and to your fathers." — i Samuel xii. 7.

SOMETHING over eighty-four years ago the Rev. Daniel Clark
Sanders, D.D., then pastor of this church, prepared and delivered a
sermon on the text that I have just read to you. That sermon, able
and eloquent at the time of its delivery, which was the one hundred and sixty-
sixth anniversary of the incorporation of Medfield as a town, is now an im-
portant historical document with us. And, in using this same text to-day, on
the occasion of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the town and the
First Parish in Medfield, I wish at the outset to make grateful acknowledg-
ment of my indebtedness to Dr. Sanders's historical sermon for a better knowl-
edge of many of the facts and events that I shall rehearse to you at this time.
It is also fitting that I should here make thankful mention of the valuable aid
I have received in the preparation of this discourse from the reading of the
" Life of Ralph Wheelock," written by the Rev. L. W. Hicks, and by a fre-
quent perusal of the " History of Medfield," written by our capable and ac-
curate local historian, Mr. William S. Tilden. These authorities, together
with the parish records, also some of the papers I have heard at the meetings
of your historical society and my frequent conversations with aged and well-
informed natives of the town, during my residence among you of now not far
from nine years, have brought to me the information that I shall report and
try to set in order on the present occasion. Let it be borne in mind, how-
ever, that I am to speak not of the history of the town, as such, but of the
origin, ministry, life, and development of the First Congregational Parish in
Medfield, one of the earliest of the New England churches.


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