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ded of their hoops, did men come with oxen and horses, and
they brought stone and bricks and timber. And others took
plough, and scraper, and spade, and pick axe, and wrought day
by day until the foundations were laid, Then the mason lif-
ted up his tool upon it, and with bricks and mortar did he rear
the walls thereof.

18 Then Jonathan, the carpenter, put in the beams thereof,
he also laid the floors thereof, and put on its roof and its orna-
ments. He also made the chambers, and courts, and stairs,
until he had made a full end of all the work. Then Joseph, a
noted " pipe-layer" of the sect of the Methodists, did come and
put up his beautiful ornaments for the lights.

19 Howbeit, when the people learned that the foundations
of the house were laid, and the corner stone thereof had been
put in his place, and no emblem, mark or sign had been put
under the same, then they cried out with a bitter cry, and they
said the wise men had done foolishly, — for it shall be when this
great house shall be razed to the ground after many generations,
and our children's children shall look diligently for some record
of their fathers, and find none, then will they be ashamed when
there is no remedy. Moreover did William, \yho had recently



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come from the land of Pennsylvania, write against the wise
men in this thing, and printed it in the book of the chronicles
of Moody, and the same was a swift and faithful Messenger to
reprove them.

20 Now it came to pass vs^hen the time drew nigh that the
carpenter should no longer lift up his tool upon the house, that
the wise men said one to another, let us call the people togeth-
er, that they may choose [them out certain men to dedicate the
house, lest we be blamed.

21 Then they issued a writing and signed it — Gilbert for
the wise men, and Hubbard for the chief fathers of the town. —
Now on a set time the people came together to consider what
they should do ; and they put one George, a notable singer, son
of Samuel, an ancient last maker, in the high seat, to be presi-
dent over all the meeting. Then they chose a certain young
man named William, son of William the elder, sir-named Rich-
ardson, to be scribe. Now William was not only a man of a
nimble tongue, but he held the pen of a ready writer, and he
wrought in a very curious art, even that of making beautiful
legs both for men and for women.

22 Then a man said, let George, the son of the last maker,
give his mind of what should be done to dedicate the house. —
Then George opened his mouth and said — one saith that there
should be an oration, another saith give us a supper, and music,
and dancing. He would therefore call upon Gershom to speak
his thoughts. Then Gershom lifted up his voice in the audience
of all the people, and said, let there be speeches, and music
and eating, and if any have a mind to dance, let them dance
even until break of day.

23 Now after Gershom had done speaking, a man cried out
" chronicles," and then another said " Moody," and still anoth-
er cried the same. Then one Charles, a printer, sir named
Moody, arose, and holding his hat in his hand, said,

24 Most noble president, and men and brethren, ye all know
that I greatly desire a " good time." But the thing is too great
to be done in one night ; my voice is for the speeches and mu-
sic, and supper, and then let the people take rest ; and after
that, when the house is swept and n-arnished, then may they



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dance. But to this the multitude would not listen ; they would
make haste for the dance, for they loved it well. Then many
others spoke on the same matter, but they said let it be done at
once — let us not wait until the second day.

25 Then they appointed twenty-six good and true men, who
should do all matters and things necessary for the satisfaction
of the people.

26 After this every man went to his own home, well pleas-
ed at what he had heard and seen.

27 Now on a set day the " twenty-six" came together to
decide upon the manner of dedicating the house — then they
talked a long while, and when they could by no means agree
what to do, (and it was now far in the night,) one said — "Ho I
every man to his bed, and when he hath taken rest and victuals,
and talked with his wife, let him come again to this place, and
then we will determine the whole matter. So every man went
to his home, and rested that night and all the next day.

28 And it came to pass when the evening again drew nigh,
the men assembled as aforetime. And when they began to
talk one with another, they said we are divided betwixt two
bands of music. Now the one band were all Yankees, and spoke
in a plain speech, and they were all shaven men, and dwelt
among the inhabitants of the land, with their wives and their
little ones — and they could play on all manner of instruments.

29 The other band came from a far country, and every man
had a crook in his tongue, so that he could not speak plain,
and he wore a great wisp of hair under his nostrils ; but never-
theless their music did greatly charm the lovers of pleasure.

30 Now some said give us the music of the Yankees, why
should we pay our money to the foreigners ? But others said
nay, give us the Germans, for the Yankees are not able to give
us the music we love.

31 Then every man whispered to his neighbor, and when
that was done, George, son of Samuel, stood upon his feet,
and said, Mr. President, hear my voice— let there be no supper
— but let every man eat at home with his wife and little ones,
as he hath need ! Then all the people bowed their heads and
said, Amen.



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32 After that they appointed one Erastus to make an ora-
tion. Now Erastus was a man mighty in the scriptures, and
he was learned in Latin, and in Greek, and in Hebrew, and in
all science and knowledge which is hard to be attained. They
also appointed John, the physician, to write a song of jubilee,
in which he should put the great thoughts that filled his heart.

33 Now after this, the men who had a mind to dance, said
we will have a supper, and the men with the crook in their
tongues shall play skilfully upon all manner of instruments —
and when men have eaten until their be no more desire in them,
then all who are Hght of foot shall dance, both men and wo-
men.

34 Howbeit, when they had counted the cost, many shook
their heads, and said, the money is gone, wherefore should we
distress ourselves, for it is an old proverb, " that he who will
dance must pay the fiddler."

35 Then they said, — the dance, the Germans, and the sup-
per, shall no longer come into our minds. After that they all
with one accord went to the dedication of the house, and there
they saw Gilbert, with all the chief men of the town seated
upon a high seat, and before them were gathered all the people,
even the women and children, and there was a great oration,
and all the people were happy.



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