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octob 18 Mr Burroughs came himself & returnd his answer that he thankfully took notice
of ye church love, in yr call, but another place had bin before us & he was preengaged to ym
octob 24 Sab. ye church stayed to consider in calling another & greed to give an invita
tion to Mr Pason at Roxbury & chose Br Tod to be ye messenger to him & The
letter to him as followeth
Much Respected Sr
Hearty love & respect premised: As
by these you may These are to certify
your self That as
as ye hand of ym has cast hath gratiously exacted us to pray to ye
lord of ye harvest that he would thrust forth labourers into his harvest
soe we have in our porr measure bin waighting upon god in prayer upon
fast days as well as other times that he would direct us in ys waighty affair; accord
=ingly the Church of Xst heer at Rowley in a full Church meeting did acced to give
your self an invitation to help in ye work of ye ministry in ys place in order to
settlmt with us and taking office in due time upon mutuall agreemt, wch
thing we humbly desire that you would please to take or motion into your serious
Consideration & to return an answer as soon as you conveniently can, & farther
know (worthy Sr) that for my part I fully goe along with ye Church, in ys yr
motion to your self; It is true ye Church of Christ at Topsfeild (with whom ye
Revernd Mr Hubbard & my self were lately in a day of fasting & prayer to seek
ye lords guidance of ym in ye like affare [---] your self with 2 or 3 more were
mentioned to ym by Mr Hubbard but [not?] by me, as to your self and by ye vote
noe particular man was named but only yt ye messengers should inquire of
The Revend Mr Eliott & other ministers who might be most sutable for ym
But your self were commended to us long before your were named to ym & we
have alsoe taken some pains to inquire concerning your self wherby we have
gaind such satisfaction as we have bin incouraged to adress our selves to
[illeg.] se, & may more fully understand by or Beloved Br Mr John
Tod, The Churches messenger to you, The good lord direct you & us in ys waigh
ty affare of his kingdome as may make most for ye honor of his great name &
good of soules In wch desire I know you will ioyne with
Rowely 25 Octob Yor loving Brother in Xst Jesus
1680. Sam: Phillips
with ye consent of the Church of Xst at Rowly
Mr Pason did come & stayd with us a month and then went home to take further time for
advise & consideration as to his coming to us for settlmt, In ye beginning of feb 80 I wrote to him
to [illeg.] confirmation of or desires to him & or thankfullness for his good labours amongst us &
to [illeg.] his coming to us as soon as might be: he made ys return as followeth
[. . .]
 Edward Payson, native of Roxbury, H.C. 1677.
 Conjectural reading where MS is waterstained.
 William Hubbard, pastor of Ipswich, 1642-1704.
 John Eliot, pastor of Roxbury, 1631-90, and missionary at Natick and other praying towns starting in 1650.
 Conjectural reading.
 Conjectural reading.
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