247 Transactions about Mr Rogers’s Donation.
About two years after Mr Phillips’s decease; The Town had
two Meetings to try ye Towns mind abt holding Mr Rogers’s Donation
upon ye Tearmes Expressed in his Will: at neither of which a Vote in
the affirmative could be attained. at Their last meeting, ye Town choose
a Committee to send to me to know what Sallery I would be willing to
take up with, both while alone, & also in case another Minister should be
called. by which Comittee (viz.t Deacon Jewett, Capt Weicom ~~
Capt. Boynton, Lieut Dresser. Covnt Peirson) I returned propositions
to ye Town on both Articles abovesd. But nothing was acted upon
them, & so ye matter lay silent, ‘till ye last Winter in ye year 1699
sometime in Octobr 1699 I fell ill, my ails continuing, and.
seeming to be of a threatning nature; [----------------------]
[------------------------------------------] The Town, sometime
in Novembr or Decembr, had a meeting, & obtained a vote for
holding ye abovesd Donation upon ye condition that it was given &
presently upon which, ye church to consider wt Minister to invite
and did pitch upon Mr Richard Brown of Nubury. at wch time
two Brethren vizt Capt Bointon & Lieu.t Desser were chosen
as Messengers to send to Mr Brown to signifie ye Churches mind in
calling him to ye work of ye Ministry amongst us. about ye latter
End of Decembr ye Lord was pleased to give me liberty to come
amongst my people agen, & to Exercise ye whole Sabbath, & so
continued to do. [-----------------------------------------]
After some time, some of or Brethren signifyed to me their
desire yt something further might be some as to calling Mr
Brown amongst us. I told them ye Chh had proceeded as farr
in ye matter as was convenient, not having as yet acquainted
ye Town with wt had bin done, nor obtained their concurrence wth
ye churches choice; therefore I thought ye next step must be to
consult ye Town in ye matter, upon which a Town-meeting was
quickly warned. after ye warning wroff, & before ye time appointed
for sd meeting I received a letter from Mr Brown, in which he
writes as followeth ~ vizt be please sr to understand; yt to come
at present I canot; and to tarry longer, as yor case is circumstance
=ed, would be prhaps greatly to yor detriment & bec I would not
to yor dammage deceive you, pray Sr be pleasd to take it in good
part, if I hereby Intreat you not Expect my coming at all.
This letter I totally concealed from all prsons living, ‘till after
ye above meeting was past, that none might any way be
Influenced thereby. att this meeting nothing could be done, in
ye matter. The Lord having bin pleased to restore my health
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