124) Mr Paysons dis- 1681 82 189
-mission from Roxbury
that it was a question whether he would return to us again the whole Town mett and ex
pressed their consent to ye churches call of Mr Paison & desired one & all present yt he would
stay amongst us & chose two messengers to goe for him & express ye Towns desire to him viz Mr
Neh: Jewitt & Daniel Weicome, & by ym a letter was sent in wch was small incouragemt
of his coming to make any stay
Aug . 2d 1681 a contribution for Mary Leichfield captive at Algeir 4 pounds in mony & 5sh
A letter from Dover
To ye church of Xst at Rowley grace mercy & peac be Multiplied
Reverend & beloved in ye lord
These are to give you to understand yt we intend to ordaine Mr Pike ye last day of
this present month & doe Earnestly desire your presence hear at ye time appointed, &
your counsell & assistance in soe weighty a work by yor Elder & messengers : And
desiring the lord to bless & guide you in all yor holy administrations we rest yors in all
Dover 16/6m / 1681. Will. Wentworth in ye behalf of
The church of Rowley sent wth S. P Mr Nelson & Br John Palmer, the other
churches sent to were Hampton Portsmouth Yoark : one sermon though two intended, Mr Moody
& Mr Cotton prayed after sermon Elder Wentworth & S P layd on hands & gave ye charg
I prayed Mr Cotton gave the right hand of fellowship : chosen to ye office of pastor & ordaind
after meeting a wonderfull deliverance bestowed upon Mr Moody his wife 2 of yr children & 2 of
Captain Arcosts who were all turned overboard [--] of a cannoo & yet not one drowned, Blessed
be ye name of or god in Xst Jesus
Tho Tenny Junior his admonition removed or taken off upon his publick confession of his
sin novemb 5. 1681 :
Mr Edward Payson his dismission from ye church of Christ at Roxbury in order to his
settling heer by admission into ys church & takeing office
To ye Revd Mr Phillips Pastor of Rowley
Revered & beloved in Jesus Christ
Divine providence haveing called or beloved brother Mr Edward Paison to live & labour
amongst you, he desireth a dismission from our comunion, unto yours, wch we readily
give him with our blessing; beseeching God to make him a blessing among you throw
Christ Jesus, to whose grace & guidance we comend you; with earnest desires of mutual
prayers & soe Rest —
Roxb this 9t of the 8 your loving Brethren
1682 . John Eliott with ye consent of ye
fraternity of ye Church of Roxbury
A copy of ye letter sent to 7 Churches for yr assistance in Mr Edw: Paysons ordination viz.
To Ipswich Newberry Haverhill Hampton Portsmouth Dover Wenham .
To ye Reverend
pastor & deerly beloved brethren of ye church of Xst at Ipswich
grace mercy & peace from God ye father & from ye lord Jesus ye Son of the father
honored Reverend & beloved in or lord Jesus
After ye many & various afflictions dispensations & bereavmnts yt it hath pleased or Sovereign
holy & onely wise God to exercise this place withal, especially by ye death of or last minister &
Reverend Pastor of precious memory wch sad hearts has not bin much up to ys day notwithstanding
our pore prayers & indeavours for yt end, yet it has pleased our gracious God (who in judgmt
remembers mercy) soe farr to shine upon us as to put a farther piece into our hands for our
[illeg.] good god still to make us partak
 This entry is written in another hand.
 I.e., Algiers, suggesting that she had been taken at sea by pirates.
 John Pike had come to Dover, N.H., in 1678, and after being officially settled as minister stayed there till his death in 1710.
 Seaborn Cotton, minister of Hampton, N.H., 1657-86; and Joshua Moody, pastor of Portsmouth, N.H., 1658-84.
 Conjectural reading.