52) 118 1673.
When dinah was gadding from home she was defiled keeping at
home & chastity was joyned 2 Titus 5 & ye contrary wth uncleaness 7 Prov
11 12. 13. now abroad now on ye street & lying in waight at Every Corner
pride & Idleness you se what it brought Sodome to in respect of uncleaness.
Take heed of thinking yt repentance for these things is sooner attayned & doe not
catch hold of comfort till god prepares for it, and gets wch to heer ye voice of ioy
& gladness before he has broaken bones, ly low ye
what want of sound humi
liation is one main bottom of all unsoundness; & yt was your wound when
you first made profession & you minded it not after take heed it be not soe still
A letter from the Church of Christ at York
to the Church of Xst at Rowley
To the Reverend & beloved brethren of the Church of Xst at
Rowley these present
Reverend & beloved Grace mercy & peace be multiplied &c.
These are to acquaint you that God by his gratious Providence having soe farr
revived the work of his house amongst us, which for soe many late years past
seemed to ly languishing & sinking into a declyining Lethargie (to or great hum
-bling be it spoaken) as that now our hearts are inclined & raysed up & soe
farr as lyeth in us by Gods assistance are resolved to settle all the ordinances of
Xst according to ye order & comand of the gospell amongst us: and to yt end to
ordaine our Reverend brother Mr Shubael Dumer an officer as our mediat
head under the lord Jesus Xst over us upon the 4th day of the week being
the 3d day of December next: These are therfor to crave your help by the assis-
-tance of your prayers & your presence upon that day with us by yor Elders & messen
gers for the furtherance & accomplishment of soe good a work, from whom
we hope according to Regular approbation we may expect & receive the
right hand of fellowship.
November 10th 1673.
Yors to be comanded in the be
half of ye church according to the
[----] rules of ye lord Jesus
The Church of Xst at Rowley sent As their messengers S. P. & Captain Brottl=
The Church of Dover Mr Reynor Mr Clemens<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> the Church of Portsmouth Mr Moody
Mr Richard Cutts.<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
After Mr Dumer his precious & sutable sermon from 20 Ps 14 Mr Moody prayed
& read to ye Church a Solemn Covenant wch they had before consented to before
the Messengers of ye Churches, desiring them that they would publickly express
their consent therto wch they did by lifting up their hands
Then S P being desired by the vote of the church to ordain Mr Dumer & give
to him the right hand of fellowship with the assistance of Mr Moody & Mr Reynor
& Mr Rishworth it was accordingly though weakly performed, & In this method
ffirst the Churches mind was tryed by a silential vote whether they did continue
of the Same mind as they had formerly expressed,
that ye Reverend brother Mr Shu
bael Dumer to ye office of a Pastor:-
Their Silence testifying their consent it was nextly propounded to the whole assem
bly that if yr were any either the messengers of ye churches or any other person that
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> John Rayner Jr., pastor of Dover, N.H., son of John Rayner Sr. whom he succeeded, and served from 1668-76; “Mr. Clemens” was the lay representative of that church.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Joshua Moody, pastor of Portsmouth, N.H. 1658-84, then pastor of the the First Church, Boston, until 1693, when he returned to Portsmouth, dying there in 1697; Richard Cutts was the lay representative of that church.