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BY BRADFORD KINGMAN, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. CAMPELLO, formerly known as “ Plain Abijah Holmes, Calvin Hatch, John W. Village,” is about one and a half miles Snell, Albert Hunt, Silvanus French, south of the central village in North Davis Kingman, Charles Williams, John Bridgewater,'Mass.

Millett, Stafford Drake, Robert Packard, This religious society was composed of Jr., Aaron B. Drake, Stephen D. Soule, members who formerly belonged to the Ephraim Jackson, Abijah Thayer, Josiah First Congregational Society in the cen- Dunbar, Freeman Holmes, Fearing W. tre of the town, under the pastoral care Bent, Jonas Keith, Bela Keith, Josiah of Rev. Paul Couch. The following per- W. Kingman, and Zina Hayward. The sons were the original members of the first meeting was called by a warrant society:

issued by Hon. Jesse Perkins, Esq., which Ziba Keith, Benjamin Keith, Azor met at the house of Bela Keith, Esq., Packard, Thomas Packard, Chas. Keith, December 3, 1836, at one o'clock, for the Jason Keith, Vinal Lyon, Isaac H. French, purpose of organization into a society. Cary Howard, Oliver Jackson, Nahum Josiah W. Kingman, Esq., was chosen Hayward, Pardon Keith, Jonathan Snell, Moderator ; Jason Keith, Clerk; Charles Keith, Treasurer; Azor Packard, Ziba Thomas Kidder, in January, 1837; but he Keith, and Charles Keith, Parish Com- did not accept the call. The next was mittee. The next move was to erect a Rev. John Dwight, 2 of Medway, Mass., house of worship: for this purpose a lot who was ordained April 12, 1837. of land was obtained of Isaac Keith, upon Rev. Mr. Dwight labored with this condition that the society pay the inter- people until March, 1839, when he was est on the sum of two hundred and fifty dismissed. Various preachers were heard dollars, annually, until the decease of from that time until November, when at Mr. Keith and his wife, the land then to a meeting of the society held Nov. 19, become the property of the society. 1839, it was voted to give Rev. Daniel

The first house of worship was built Huntington, of New London, Conn., a by subscription, at an expense of four call to become their pastor. The call thousand three hundred and seven dol- being accepted, he was installed January lars and thirty-seven cents. The build- 1, 1810. Mr. Huntington continued to ing was a plain, substantial structure, labor with this people until May 2, 1853. sixty feet in length, forty-three feet in He tendered his resiynation to the width, with posts twenty-one feet in Church, a council was called to advise height, with a spire eighty-five feet high, in the matter of dismission, and the relacontaining a bell from the foundry of tion between the pastor, Church, and George Holbrook, Esq., East Medway, society, was dissolved May 11, 1853. On Mass. The house had sixty-six pews, the twenty-third day of the same month, besides the choir gallery. The basement that portion of the town was visited by was used as a vestry for evening meet- one of the most disastrous fires that ever ings. Immediately upon the organiza- occurred in the county, destroying sevtion of the society, and the erection of the house of worship, it was deemed

1 Rev. John Dwight was born in Shirley, Mass., expedient to form themselves into a sep- January 2, 1810; fitted for college at Woburn arate Church. For this purpose the fol

Academy; taught school in Woburn two terms;

graduated at Amherst College in 1835. Studied lowing persons made application to be

theology with Rev. Jacob Ide, D. D., of West dismissed from the “ First Church," with Medway, Mass.; licensed to preach by the Men. suitable testimonials to be formed into a

don Association in the early part of 1837; received

a call to settle over the South Church in Camnew and separate Church : viz., Silvanus

pello, Mass., in 1837; was ordained April 12, 1837. French, Mercy E. Keith, Abigail Keith, Dismissed in March, 1839; installed over the Olive Jackson, Martha Keith, Charles “Second Church” in Plymouth, Mass., July 18, Keith, Mehitable Keith, Ziba Keith, Polly

1841. Dismissed March, 1846; installed pastor of

the Church in North Wrentham, Mass., June 23, Keith, Mary Keith, Sylvia Howard, Hul- Dismissed April 4, 1856, and at present dah Howard, Keziah Hayward, Charles resides in that place. Williams, Zilpha Hatch, Josiah W. King

2 Rev. Daniel Huntington was born in Norwich,

Conn., October 17, 1788, graduated at Yale Col. man, Joanna Packard, Robert Packard, lege, New Haven, 1807; was ordained over the Sarah Packard, Mary Packard, Josiah “First Church" in North Bridgewater, October Dunbar, Sybil Dunbar, Anna Dunbar. 28, 1812, where he remained till March, 1833. He A council was convened at the house of

was dismissed on account of ill-health, and re

moved to New London, Conn., where he remained Josiah W. Kingman, Esq., for the pur- teaching a young ladies' schoul til he received a pose of organization, on Tuesday, Janu- call from a portion of his former parishioners,

who had formed a new Church, in the south part ary 3, 1837, at which time and place it

of the town. He was installed over the “South adopted the name of the “ South Con

Church” of Campello, January 1, 1840, where he gregational Church” in North Bridge- labored for thirteen years, tendering his resignawater.

tion May 2, 1853. From thence he removed to

New London, where he preached occasionally to The first person that received a call to

near the time of his death, which took place May settle as pastor of this Church was Rev. 21, 1858.

1853.

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eral buildings, among which was their appropriate exercises. The next minishouse of worship. With creditable ter was Rev. D. Temple Packard,' a naenergy, however, a new house was imme- tive of the town, who had just completed diately commenced under the direction his theological course of study. He had of Bela Keith, Esq., Martin L. Keith, been invited to supply the society during Cary Howard, Aaron B. Drake, Vinal the building of their Church, by a vote Lyon, Josiah W. Kingman, Esq., and Dr. passed April 18, 1854. Services were Horatio Bryant, as Building Committee. held in “Salisbury Hall” during that The result of their efforts may be seen in time, and until the house was completed. the present new and beautiful edifice, The ordination of Rev. Mr. Packard and which is of wood, painted in imitation of the dedicatory services were held on the freestone, eighty-four feet long, fifty-six same day, as before named. feet wide, with posts forty feet high, and Mr. Packard continued his labors of a spire one hundred and eighty-five feet love to this people, having large audiences, in hight. 3

and preaching with ability, earnestness, On entering the building, we find on and eminent success, till September the first floor one large vestry, one small 25, 1856, when, at his request, the relavestry, and a large, carpeted, well-fur- tion between himself and the Church nished room, for the use of the “ Ladies' and society was dissolved by a mutual Benevolent Society.” Ascending from council called for that purpose. the main entrance, on either side, a very The Church was then without a settled easy flight of steps, we find ourselves in pastor from October 1, 1856, to February a vestibule, from which we ascend to the 3,1858, during which time several preachchoir gallery, or enter the auditory. The ers were heard; and December 9, 1857, an interior aspect of this house is fine. The invitation was extended to Rev. Charles spacious floor, well-arranged slips, neatly W. Wood, 6 of Ashby, Mass., to become carpeted and upholstered, the chaste and their pastor, which call he accepted, and elegant pulpit 4 and finely frescoed walls, was installed February 3, 1858. give the place an air of pleasantness, quite in contrast with the churches of

5 Rev. D. Temple Packard was born in North earlier days.

Bridgewater August 24, 1824. After the usual The original outlay in the construction

common-school privileges of the town, he fitted for

college under the tutorship of Rev. Paul Couch, of this house was sixteen thousand dol

at the Adelphian Academy, North Bridgewater, lars. It is built in the Romanesque and Phillips Academy, Andover; graduated at style of architecture, from plans drawn

Amherst College, August, 1850; taught high

school at East Braintree, Mass., one year; entered by Messrs. Towle & Foster, of Boston.

Bangor Theological Seminary, October, 1851, and The builder was Mr. William Drake, of graduated August 30, 1854. After receiving two Stoughton. The bell was cast at the other calls, he accepted the call of the South

Church at Campello, where he was ordained foundry of Mr. George Holbrook, of

September 21, 1864. Dismissed October 1, 1856. East Medway, Mass., and weighs thirty- From thence he removed to the West, preaching two hundred pounds. A marble-faced at Rock Island, I., and Davenport, Iowa; reclock was presented to the society by

turned to Massachusetts in 1858, and in June of

that year commenced preaching for the First Henry K. Keith in 1854, which was placed Congregational Church in Somerville, Mass., and in front of the choir gallery. The house was installed as pastor of that Church and society was dedicated September 21, 1854, with

September 21, 1860, where he now resides,

6 Rev. Charles W. Wood was born in Middle

borough, Mass., June 30, 1814; fitted for college at 3 The spire of the Church, as first erected, was Plainfield Academy, Conn., and Pierce Academy, blown down in the great snow-storm of January, Middleborough, Mass.; graduated at Brown Uni. 1857. The present spire is one hundred and thirty. versity, Providence, R. I., in 1831; graduated at five feet high; rebuilt by W. R, Penniman of Andover Theological Seminary in 1838; ordained South Braintree, Mass.

at Ashby, Mass., October, 1839; at Campello, • Manufactured by Henry R. Haven.

February, 1858.

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THERE exists among the Congrega- 1. We could scarcely account, othertional churches a diversity of sentiment wise, for its insertion in so brief and and practice with regard to the ordina- condensed a narrative. It stands there tion of deacons, or their public induction apparently as the example and warrant into office by some appropriate ceremony,

of similar action in all other Christian such as prayer and the laying on of hands. churches. It will aid us in reaching an intelligent 2. The necessity is universal for such judgment on the subject, to consider an office.

* Ye have the poor always briefly the warrant for such an office in with you,” said our Saviour, and the the Christian, Church. The account of churches need to make permanent proits institution is found in the sixth chap- vision for a visitation and relief of memter of the Acts of the Apostles, from bers who may be in affliction and distress. which it appears, that when the Church 3. We find the primitive churches orat Jerusalem had so increased that it was ganized similarly elsewhere, as indicated impossible for the apostles longer to sus- by the opening verse of the Epistle of tain the responsibility and labor of all Paul to the Church at Philippi: “Paul the duties incumbent on leaders, they and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus instituted a class of officers who should Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus relieve them of the care of the charities which are at Philippi, with the bishops of the Church. An occasion for such and deacons.” action was furnished by a complaint that 4. The same apostle gives directions to a portion of the necessitous members Timothy, who, as an itinerant missionary, had been neglected in the daily distribu- was constantly organizing churches, as tion. Thereupon, the apostles, in accor- to the qualifications of those who were dance with the principles of popular to be appointed to the office of deacon. government, which Christ himself had “ Likewise must the deacons be grave, indicated, and which they were careful not double-tongued, not given to much always to recommend, called a meeting wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding of the entire Church, stated the neces- the mystery of the faith in a pure consity for a new class of officers, that the science. And let these also first be distribution of charity might not take proved; then let them use the office of a the time needed for preaching the gospel, deacon, being found blameless

Even so and directed them to choose seven men must their wives be grave, not slanderof unspotted reputation, eminent piety, ers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the and practical sagacity, to whom there- deacons be the husband of one wife, rulafter they might intrust the whole busi- ing their ildren and their own houses ness of providing 'for the poor. (Acts well. For they that have used the office vi. 1— 4.) The Church approved the of a deacon well purchase to themselves plan, and elected seven men to this office. a good degree (or an honorable position) That it was indeed a permanent office, and great boldness in the faith which is intended to be maintained in the Church, in Jesus Christ.” and not a mere temporary committeeship Churches which are prelatical in their to meet an emergency, appears from form of government, such as the Episvarious considerations.

copal, Methodist Episcopal, Romish, and Greek sects, regard the deaconship as permanent officers, filling one of the only the lowest order of the ministry, which two offices described in Scripture as they believe to be composed of deacons, existing in the primitive churches. It is priests or presbyters, and bishops, in an a reasonable inference from this concluascending series. And this they base sion, that the entire recognition and upon the fact that two of the original treatment of the office by the Church

seven,” to wit, Stephen and Philip, are should be such as to maintain its dignity represented as preaching. But the reply and influence, whether it be in the manis obvious :

ner in which the office shall be mentioned, 1. That the object for which the in the respect exhibited to those who fill deacons were appointed, though truly it, in the mode of election to it, or in the spiritual, as we shall soon see, had not to manner of induction into it. do with public instruction, but, on the This latter more immediately concerns contrary, was intended to relieve those us at the present time. So far as the who did instruct from the care of the example at the original institution of poor. (Acts vi. 2—4.)

the office is in point, it would seem to 2. That the qualifications for the dea- favor a public and impressive method of conship, as originally indicated, and as ordination, with prayer and laying on of afterwards stated by Paul, include no hands by those who shall represent “aptness to teach,” such as is required Christ and the Church; for thus were of bishops or pastors.

“the seven” introduced to their official 3. That the preaching of Stephen, and position in the presence of the assemperhaps also of Philip, was only of the bled Church of Jerusalem, “whom they kind in which all the primitive disciples set before the apostles ; and when exercised their gifts in public exhortation,' they had prayed, they laid their hands even as it is written, “ Therefore they on them.” — Acts vi. 6. But, that we that were scattered abroad went every- may learn what is the true force of this where preaching the word.” Acts viii. 4. example, we must consider certain But of Philip we have the additional in- objections bearing upon its modern formation, that, after acting as deacon, application. he was subsequeutly put into a higher 1. The question has been raised, office, and became an “evangelist;" for, whether, in the act mentioned in the in the twenty-first chapter, Luke writes, sixth of Acts, there was any ordination “We entered into the house of Philip at all. In a report on the induction of the evangelist, who was one of the seven, deacons, submitted to the Essex Street and abode with him.” The deacons Church, in Boston, in 1843 (ascribed to were not then made an order of the Rev. Joseph Tracy, and published in the ministry, but were appointed to a dis- appendix to the last edition of Punchard's tinct but important office, in which they View of Congregationalism), it is said, had charge primarily of the distribution “ It is by no means certain that the of the charities of the Church, and inci- apostles, by laying their hands on the dentally (by parity of reasoning from seven, meant to perform what we call the principle which led to their appoint- ordination;" and the argument is, that ment, and which is capable of further " it had been a custom, from the earliest application) of all those minor duties ages, to lay hands on any one for whom which would leave the pastors at more prayer was offered;" and, consequently, complete liberty to give themselves that the exercises were not ordination, wholly to the public work of the ministry. but only public prayer, with a customary

We learn, then, at the outset, that the gesture which we are under no obliga. deacons are not a mere committee, but tion to imitate.

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