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    Decemb 6 1674 I stayd the church & then was Declared to Brother Reming

    =ton the Churches vote & yt it was his duty by Gods help to consider of what had bin

    left with him for his furtherance or help to repentance against ye next Church meeting

    wch was to be the 16 of Decemb next


    At this time I acquainted the church with the desier of Ipswich Elders to

    gether wth the honoured major General & Cousin Rogers[28] that or Church wuld

    concurr with them Church of Ipswich to send messengers to testify against thee

                                        of Salem[29]

    proceedings of Tho: Root & his company in ye sudden gathering a church at


    Lyne  The letter from Ipswich was as followeth

      Revnd Br & Loving Cousin

    Praying for ye peace of Jerusalem & indeavouring the Good of is or duty

    the observance of it or interest & wisdom: Let us act religiously as to or

    God & wisely as for or selves, & freindly to or neighbours & brethren Of

    how Sad consequence the prosecution of the design at Salem may be, hither doth

    nor shall his Eyse may easily se: Its possible you may not be in a capacity to

    help it, yet if yor self use your uttmost interest therin you shall serve the lord

    Jesus whose substitute you are in his Church & acquit your self whatever be

    the issue & fear not the faces of men

    The principle of ye Church here intends the next lords day to urge (& perforce to

    carry) this note wch is sent to you:  If you shall try the same wth yor

    selves it will doe well & we question not but it will be acceptable service unto

    you will be better still (at least if yor conscience be soe perswaded) & cannot do

    worst for rushing it to ye tryall: the good lord direct you & prosper you in

    your work; with kindest Salutations of yor self & yours I am

     Ipswich 9 10 74                    yors in truth J [Rogers]


    You may please to acquaint Mr Sheperd with it & let him add what

    Strength he can unto it

      Sr Though I know nothing of what Is above written I cannot but

    approve the same in all respects & soe desier you to doe valiantly for the citys

    of or God &c. Its noe time to be Silent when men are Soe violent as to

    make voyd the law we have lost by or modesty & they have gained by

    their Impudency

                                   Daniel Denison.

    Dear Sr It glads my heart to see such a spirit stirring in these honord

    brethren; I cannot but most freely concurr in yr motion & give leav

    by way of allusion to Joabs speech to his brother Abithai in a case of hazard

    to them in their civill as this is to us in or ecclesiastical Concernments

    wherin Each was to caste but their help against the enemy therof & let

    Me then say to you as he to him 2 samll 10 & 12 be of good corrage & let

    us play the men for our pp & for ye cityes of or god, & the lord doe that wch

    seemeth him good:[30] you are wise to apply that wch Solomon speeks as to a brother

    in hazard as well to ye case of a Sister Church prov 24 11-12 & to think of ye

    danger of such a curse Judges 5 23.

    Sir the argumenting he did to you of the to tribes though as independent each upon

    other as to ye proper power of Each tribe as or churches are as to each other yet

                                                                      upon their

    [28] Daniel Gookin (1612-87), who first migrated to Virginia and then moved to Massachusetts, where he became a leader of the Massachusetts Bay militia, a politician, and a judge; Rev. John Rogers, minister of Ipswich.

    [29] See Salem Records, pp. 126 ff. One Rev. Charles Nicholet from Virginia insinuated his way into the Salem community. The town loved him, the church did not, which led to a desire in some to break off and establish Nicholet in a new church in Lynn. The General Court became involved; a Committee of the General Court that included the Governor convened in Salem in 1675 to come down on Nicholet and his supporters, saying that they saw "the advantage to Satan" in the whole controversy. In a couple of years Nicholet left for England, but only after preaching no less than nine farewell sermons.

    [30] I.e., II Sam. 10:12.