34 100 1671.
In the platform; It must be for scandalous Evill not matters controversial
And ye whole brotherhood agreeing that cald him to office & yrfore not a meer
major part & with ye advise of neighbour churches, the calling in of wch you have
neither offered to your pastor, nor accepted his offer of it to you.
ffor my coming to preach wth you on Thursday next, If I should soe doe, I should
think my self not much better Imployed then Aaron sometime was when he was
not well Imployed: I have not bin unwilling nor shall be to serve you as
God shall inable & when calls me therto. In the mean while I beseech ye
good lord to direct your work in truth & to show that mercy to you & wch
that David begs Psalm 19 13. I Rest
your greeved brother S: P.
Rowley March 20 1670/1
Septemb: 12 1671 the Church mett about calling another minister to
joyne wth S.P. & by an unanimous vote did invite Mr Shuball Dumer<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
accordingly letters were forthwith dispatched to him by Br Tod:
= The church the same time viz. Septemb 12 1671 voted that I should have 10l per Annō
added to my mayntenance which was 60 before from 1660 to ye vote & 50 from my
first coming 1650 to 1660. onely 3 yeers of the first 10 they allowed 5l per Annō for to find
ffeb. 4 1671. John Jackson the son of Br Will Jackson was called upon by
the church to acknowledg his Sin in breaking Gods Sab by cutting up abun
dle of smal alders as if he had bin preparing for the thatcher: It was shown
him that it concerned the church to testify against his Sin otherwise his sin
in breaking Gods Sab. would be Imputed to us 13 Neh 17 Alsoe it concernd
him to judg hims for his Sin seeing ye lord accounts ye breaking of ye sab as a break
ing all his comands 16 Exod 28 and alsoe has expressed his displeasure by yt
sentence he passed & at his command was Executed upon ye men that gathered
sticks on ye Sab: day 15 numb 32 33.
being cald upon he did acknowledge that he had sined & was sorry yt being
under such means & light he should soe sin against god & desired the prayers
of Gods pp that he might be more watchfull over his ways & carefull to Keep
& Sanctify Gods Sab:
At the same time Ezeck Sawyer & Tho: Spafford were called forth to
acknowledg yr offensive carriage in a night wherin they were to watch they
tied a cartrap cross ye street & thrust a cart into ye brook & other like
pranks it was shown them that this was aggravated in that ye were watchmen
wheras they carried it as if some Enimy had broaken into town to block up
ways & lay stumbling blocks & doe mischief 2. it could not be altogether ignorantly
done they knew they were doing amiss & as yei would not be done by;
not It did
not yrfore become them to make light of yt carriage heerin he yt dispiseth his
way shall dy<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> & it ill becomes us to cast firebrands & arrows<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> & say am I not in
sport Sin is not be made a mock off 3. yr was noe little contempt or re-
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Shubael Dummer, who graduated from Harvard College in 1656, did not come to Rowley but instead settled in York, Maine, in 1662 but was killed in an Indian raid in 1692.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Prov. 19:16.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Prov. 26:18.