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William Eaton — —

Thankful Wilson — — —

Mr Ebenezer Hartshorn — —

The Widow Elizabeth Bennet — —
Mrs Mary Hoppin, wife of mr William Hoppin
Mr John Call — — — _

Mrs Anne Putt, wife of

Mr Henry Somers — —

Mr John Teal — — — _

The Widdow [ ] Hopkins — —

M» Mary Cary, wife of Mr Samuel Cary
MTM Abigail Webb wife of Mr Samuel Webb -
The wife of mr Thomas Brazier —

& MTM Sarah Cutler — — — —

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Admitted to Full Communion
The Widdow Sheapard. — — —
Mre Lydia Phillips w. of mr Eleazer —

Alexander Lovel — —

Mrs Rebecca Burroughs w. of mr Charles —


- Rows


- Treadway


- Wilson Hartshorn

- Bennet Hoppin



Somers -Teal

Hopkins ■Cary.


- Brazier Cutler

-Sheapard Phillips.

- Lovel Burroughs

Mr Samuel Cary — — — Cary

Abigail Stone wife of mr Elias Stone junr — Stone

[The Record of Church Votes, comprising those made before 1708 and now extant, is, as stated in the collation of this Book, on pages 356 to 380. Page 3S0 is next to the last of those numbered (381). The book is reversed, and page 3S0 is numbered 1. This reverse numbering continues to page 356 (No. 25), and there ends. The earliest extant vote (1658) is there on page 380, or 1; and the latest (1763) on page 358, or 23; with two, intermediately dated, on page 356, or M.)

[The old or long " s " is used, except for terminations, in these records.]

— Page 380 (reversed and numbered I).

Church-censures, & votes past in weighty cases,
by this church of christ at Charlestown.

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Upon the Gih of 4th i658

Brother Thomas Gold, according to the agreement I of the Churche he Lords day beforeI was called | forth, to giue an aecounte, of his huge withdraunnge | from the publiek ordinances amongst us, on the | Lords day. It was asked Brother Gold, whither he | had any rule from Gods worde so to doe? or whither | it were not a manifest breach of rule and order I of the Gospel!?

His answer seuerall times was to tliis effecte, that I he had not turned from any ordinance of god, but I did attend the worde in [blotted] other places.

It was then asked him, whither he did not owne | ChurcheCouenant, as an Ordinance of God, and him- | selfe in covenant with this Church?

He answered he did, but we had cutt him of, | or putt him away, by denying him the Lords supper, | when onely he had been admonished, and so now I had no more priviledg then an Indian, and ther- | fore he looked -not now at himself, as a Member of | our Churche, but was free to goe any whither. | He was likewise blamed, that hailing so often I pfessed his desire to attend any light that might | help him in his iudgment and practise, about childrens | Baptisme; that yet he should forbeare, and stay | away, when he could not but knowe, that his Pastor | was speaking largely to that subject He confest his | wife told him of it: and being asked how he could in | faith partake of the Lords supper, whilst he iudged his | men baptisme voide and null? he owned that it was | so, as admiuistred to him as a child : but since God had | giuen him grace, he now came to make use of it, and gett good | by it. It being replyed, that a person owned by all, as gracious, | and litt for supper, is not yet to be admitted to it, till baptised: | he said litle or nothing to it, but spake diners things, generally often- | sive to ye Brethren, and would owne no fayling. [Last three words indistinct] Hence after | much time spent, the Brethren consenting, he was admonished for his breaking away from the Churche in way of schisme, neuer hauing used any means to conuince the Churche, of | any irregular proceeding, but continuing peremptorily and | contumaciously to iustilie his schisme: |

This transaction was speedily after the acting therof truly recorded | by the then onely Elder of this churche: Zech: Symmes \ Mr Green the Ruling Elder dying a little before.

[Mr. John Green came to America in 1632, and was admitted to this church March 29, 1633. He was its only ruling elder, and died April 22, 1658. Notice of him may be found in Budingura's History First Church, p. 49. Zechariah Svmmes was teacher from Dec. 22, 1634, until his death, Feb. 4, 1071. This record is probably the only document by him now existing. Thomas Gould and Hanna Gould were admitted to the church, 1st mo. 21 day, 1652. The name is spelled in these records, Gould, Goold. Gool, Gold. An illustration of this different spelling appears in the careful writing of elder Green, page 210, viz.: "12th mo. day 26, 1641. Abigail Gould the daughter of John Gold and of Mary his wife was Baptized."]


February 4tb


November. 18.

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The decision of the late Synod1 about {collision} was rea<J> by the elders, at a church meeting (except the preface of the book | containing that decisive act, which had been read before at a | church-meeting January 7th. 1GG§ & generally well approved) | & liberty given to the brethren to express their objections (if they I had any) against any partyrof: &, after some discourse, the | brethren did generally express ymselues (at least three 4"" of them | by word of mouth) that they did consent to the whole book | for the substance y'of, & desired that the will of God y"n might | be attended; &, upon a vote silentiary propounded, it was so I carried, nemine contradicente, in the affirmative.

Bro: Thomas Osburn2 being leavened with principles of AnaBaptisme I was (the brethren consenting) admonished for frequent irregular | withdrawing himself from the publick worship of God, holding | it to be no sin to neglect the publick ordinances of God upon | the Lords day, even when they might conveniently be en- | -joyed; & for continuing impentitent in his sin.

On the same day also, it was consented to by the brethren, that J his wife, leavened w'h principles of Anabaplisme, & Quaker- | -isme, should receive an admonition, for her notorious neg- | -lect of the publiq worship of God, denying our churches | to be true churches, & denying her membership wth us, & also | the churches power over her, & continuing impenitent | in her sin. She went home from the Assembly when the Admo- | nition should have been declared to her, but however it was I declared that she was under the publiq offence of y° church. |

And at the same time Bro: Thomas Gool also persisting in his schismaticall withdrawing | from the church, notwithstanding his former admonition & now | for denying his relation to this church as a

1 This Synod assembled at Boston in September, 1662. It consisted of all the ministers. in Massachusetts and Elders and Messengers from the churches, and returned answers to two questions propounded to it by the General Court:—1. Who are the subjects of Baptism? 2. Whether according to the Word of God there ought to be a Consociation of Churches, and what should be the manner of it? The Synod decided in favor of consociation, and, substantially, to the first question: "That church members, who were admitted in minority, understanding the doctrine of faith, and publicly professing their assent thereunto, not scandalous in life, and solemnly owning the covenant before the church, wherein they give up themselves and children to the Lord, and subject themselves to the government of Christ in his church, their children are to be baptised." Mather, Magnalia v. 64-84, ed. London, 1702. Holmes, An. 1, 382, etc.

'Thos. Osbum and his wife were admitted to the church (by letter from Maiden), 12, 23, 1661.

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brother of it, & also I for denyinge the churches power over him, was againe | (with the consent of the brethren) declared to be under the | great offence of the church, & rebuked for his inipenitency | in that sin of his.

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Febr: 21. Bro: Thomas Osburn received a 2* Admonition (w'h the consent | of the brethren) for his obstinacy in his former sin for which | he had been (nov: 18.) admonished, & aggravated by another | degree of schisme, refusing (as he expressly, & vehemently | affirmed) to hold communion with the church my longer | as formerly he had done; bee: we held Baptisine of children | to be an ordinance of God, &c:

The acknowledgment & confession of Stephen Fosdick,1

(who I had been formerly excomunicated) (anno 1643. May

y* 7th) | in order to his acceptance into our Communion, by

Absolution, I was as followeth, vizt:

"The Covenant of the church being (for the
"Summer of it) a solemne promise or engagement'
"to walk with God, & with his people according
"to the word of God, I do now heartily ap-
"-prove of it, & close with it, & am sorry that
"I haue at any time spoken against it:
"Having neglected likewise to hear the church
"in their dealings with me for my offense, I
"doe unfainedly repent thereof, & desire God
"& his people to forgive me.

This was read to the church, accepted of by all as satis-
factory, He was (the brethren consenting) received to that

state of Communio which he had before his excommunication, & by the sentence of the Eldership declared to be

soe restored:.

166,? Febr: 28. bro: Tho: Gool was again admonished (wth the consent of yB brethren) | for his inipenitency in his former sin of schisminge for which he | had been admonished, & w* all now refusing to give an account to | the church who did enquire concerning a private meeting kept |

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e Novemb' 8, 'at his house on the Lords day* w,h bro: Osburn & other 1CC3.) Anabaptists, wn | he should and might conveniently have been present w'h the church | in the publiq worship of God; he said it was not the season for him | to Answer, & yfore would not give an account of it: for which | th" above sd he was accordingly censured.

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There having been many thoughts of heart touching the
Doctrine | of the late Synod about the children of the church

i "Stccvcn Fosdick" was admitted to the church M. mo. 6th Day, 1638.

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in order to the | effectuall practice of the same; It was propounded to vote whether | the brethren were satisfyed soe far forth as that there might be a | proceeding to the practice thereof, & it passed in the affirmative | by their silence (the testimony of their consent) after liberty was I granted once & again to any of them, that would, to object if they | had any thing from ye word of God to alledge against it; but there I was not one Contradicent.

The Church, hearing that bro: Gool, & bro: Osburn had | together with other Anabaptists, embodyed themselves in | a pretended-church way; sent Deacon Lynd & Deacon | Stittson to them with this message; vizt: That they should | be present with this church the next Lord's Day in ye | publiq worship of God, & at the evening yrof to stay, & I give an account to the church of that report which | we heard concerning them, as also concerning their | former offences: & the church did then desire our | Deacons to acquaint our sister Osburn (that hath I been for some time under the publick offence of | the church) with that meeting, & that she "lould be | present likewise with her husband. Our Deacons having carried the message of the church to bro: Gool, bro: Osburn, & one sister Osburn, to come & hear the church; the Answer returned hack to the church | was negative, bro: Gool said he should not come, & if | our church had any thing to say against him, they should Re acquaint the society w"1 it to which he was then \joyned: saying also (that he was no member of |

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our church, & said, your church hath nothing to do with | me. (.bro: osburn said that he had given his reasons to | the church formerly why he could not hold communion w,h | it, vizt: because of Infant Baptisme. 2. our allowing none | but such as had humane learning to be in the ministry. 3. our Per severe dealing with those of a contrary judgment from us. | & y'fore said he should not come to the church. (. our sister | Osburn's Answer was that she desired not to continue with I the church, but would be dismissed which way they would, I & that she could not come to the church, she should | Bin against her conscience if she did.

These members thus refusing to appear, the church | judged it meet to icayt with some farther patience upon or | brethren above sd, & sister: & did therefore desire our Deacons again, with our brother ensigne Tidd, to carry this mess age following to them, vizt: to tell them that they are under the further offence of the church for their I separatio from our Communion, & refusing to hear y* | church: &that the church doth desire, & require them in | the name of Christ that they return to us, & come & I hear the church, & give an account the next Lord's | day of their withdrawing.

[To be continued.]

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