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Chapter XIV

At a meeting of the "stockholders" on the 18th day of March, 1839, James Parker, Jr., and Asa Betterly were elected a committee--"To sell pews, and to let such pews as remain unsold until there is an opporutnity of selling the same."

The foregoing meeting was holden in the "new meeting-house"; and as the last recorded meeting prior to it was holden at the dwelling house of Capt. Nathan Dunphee on the 5th day of June, 1838, it is evident that at some time between these two last mentioned dates the house was so far completed as to be ready for occupancy.

As to the methods employed in building the new meeting-house, the records show that they were similar to those employed in building the old. Every member of the society contributed to its construction, according to his means or disposition, either by donations of money or building materials, or both; and the deficits in the amount necessary to defray the expenses was made up from the sum realized by the sale of the pews.

On the 3rd day of January, 1838, the pews were sold at public auction. The conditions of the sale appear to have been to sell to the highest bidder the privilege of selecting by number the pew which he desired, and for which, when so selected, he paid its price as already fixed by the committee on the sale of the pews.

The following record of the sale is given here not only because it gives the names of those who purchased the pews and the price paid by each, but also because it establishes the identity of some, at least, of those who were then members of the society.

"Pews Sold at Auction

No. 8 to Timothy Wright; choice money, $9. price $64.00
" 1 " Asa Betterly; " " 7. " 57.00
" 13 " Nathaniel W. Colburn; " " 7. " 67.00
" 11 " C. Farley; " " 10. " 75.00
" 9 " James H. Hall; " " 12. " 77.00
" 7 " E. Sawtell; " " 8. " 73.00
" 29 " Horace Warner; " " 8. " 73.00
" 15 " W. W. Corey; " " 8. " 63.00
" 27 " Nathan Dunphee; " " 8. " 68.00
" 5 " William Gilson; " " 7. " 67.00
" 10 " John Burge; " " 3. " 58.00
" 17 " Robert Seaver; " " 2. " 47.00
" 31 " James Parker; " " 5. " 70.00
" 33 " Thomas Bennett; " " 2. " 67.00
" 20 " David Harris; " " 3. " 38.00
" 23 " Stephen Perkins; " " 1. " 46.00
" 19 " Leonard French; " " 1. " 36.00
" 36 " John Hutchinson; " " 2. " 47.00
" 34 " Timothy Wright, Jr.; " " 3. " 58.00
" 18 " Waldo Wallace; " " 1. " 51.00
" 6 " Francis A. Peterson; " " 1. " 46.00
" 2 " William Gilson; " " 1. " 51.00
" 32 " Thomas Bennett; " " " 55.00
" 16 " Abel Foster; " " " 50.00
" 40 " Eli Sawtell; " 50.00
" 39 " Thomas Bennett; " 50.00
" 12 " Artemas Wright; " 50.00
" 25 " Franklin McDonald; " 55.00
" 14 " Asher Shattuck; " " 1. " 46.00
" 30 " Jonas Hobart; " 50.00
No. 3 " John S. Daniels; Price 60.00
" 35 " William Gilson; " 60.00
" 22 " Isaac and Joseph Sawtell; " 35.00
" 24 " " " " " " 45.00
" 28 " " " " " " 50.00
130.00
The Amount of Pews Sold 1825.00

$1955.00"

The average price per year, at this date, for pew rental was three dollars.

In the summer of 1849 the new meeting-house was remodeled, and underwent some changes, the nature of which are not definitely known. Prior to making these alterations, however, the authorities took the precaution to secure from the owners of the pews the following receipt:

"Brookline, August 9th, 1849.

We the undersigned, Pew holders in the Congregational Meeting house in Brookline before the Altering and Remodeling of Said house Do Hereby Acknowledge that wee have Received Payments in full of the Congregational Society for all Pews by us owned Before the Alteration of Said House.

William Gilson, James H. Hall, Robert Seaver, Horace Warner, Eldad Sawtell, John S. Daniels, Thomas Bennett, John Burge, Calvin R. Shed, Louisa Spaulding, Deverd C. Parker, Joseph Hall, David Hobart, Asa Betterly, Nathan Dunphee, Franklin McDonald, Isaac Sawtelle, Joseph Sawtell, N. W. Colburn, F. A. Peterson, Asher Shattuck, Wilkes W. Corey, Artemas Wright."

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