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    Regardlessn: of Gods alseing eye they did yt in ye night wch they would not

    have dared to have don in ye Sight of men by day as if ye night & dark did hide

    from God & ys was aggravated why which we had bin taught by Mr Shepard from 26

    Isai 9. wth my soul have I desired thee in ye night he showed us yt the night was

    not a season for us to play rooks in but to seek god in it as well as by day.

    & though yei know that ye like Evills they committed had bin punished by ye magis

    trate at Ispwich.

    Tho: Spafford did acknowledg that he had done Evill & was sorry that he had

    offended the church

    Ezekiell Sawyer instead of acknowleding his disorderly carriage did charg ye church

    wth partiality in letting pass greater matters wthout calling for repentance for ym

    & if such were first called forth he cod ye freer acknowledg his offence

    This Answer of his was offensive to ye church as being farr from any signe of Re

    =pentance that when he was called upon to acknowledg his offence he should charg ye

    church wth neglect of ther duty It was told him that what he had sayd & what

    ground he had soe to speak would be considered in due season but in ye mean

    while if the thing was true he charg’d ye church wth it became not him therby

    to harden his heart from acknowledging his own Evill & therfore was warned to

    consider farther of his sin & alsoe of what farther offence he had given the

    church by his speech & carriage at this time: &c. –

    ffeb. 18. 1671 Ezekiel Sawyer having considered his carriage in the premises he

    did acknowledg that he did foolishly both in that revelrout he was guilty of in ye

    night he watched and alsoe in taking upon him to charg ye church wth partiality as is

    before exprest & was sorry for it wch the church was willing to accept for satis



    Mr Dummer to whom we gave a call to help in the work of the ministry

    as is Expressed in the foregoing page gave answer that he did not find

    sufficient ground to leav his people at York and therfore could not accept

    of our motion; The reason why we made a motion was because we understood

    by hims that he had some thoughts & was advised to remove from thence; but

    discerning the peoples affection to him as well as nead of him he could not

    find in his heart to leave them.

    Octob. 6. 1672. Mr Jer: Shepard[101] haveing given us a visit & prea

    ched amongst us not wthout the churches desier as well as mine owne

    They did by [-] several brethren 2 of ye deacons Lev: D Tenny. Br Tod &

    br Barker & my self return him thanks for his good Sermon & farther

    desired By a full vote that Mr Jer: Shepard would come amongst us to

    bestow his labours on us for a year in order to settlemt if it pleased God

    to incline his heart to us & ours to him.

    His Answer was that he could rather desier we could think of some other

    supply hims being very young & unfitt for soe great a work yet he thank

    fully acknowledged the churches love as to his Br (whom God took from us)

    soe to hims in this motion, & therfore he would take it into Consider

    ation & would return us an answer as soon as conveniently he could

                          vide page 41.[102] Mr Shepard’s call[103]

    [101] See p. 000. Jeremiah Shepard was the son of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Boradel Shepard. After some opposition to his settlement at Rowley, he would serve as assistant pastor from 1673-78, then go on to serve churches at Essex and Lynn.

    [102] See p. 000.

    [103] This notation is in another hand.