35 1671. 1672. 101
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 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
 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.
 See p. 000.
 This notation is in another hand.