Essex, Mass.
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Congregational Church Papers, 1880 - 1889



ItemDateDocument Description/ Transcription
14 Feb 1880 Letter from Leonard Burnham, resigning as Deacon and requesting letters of dismission for himself and his wife, Elizabeth A. Burnham, to the Evangelical Congregational Church in Gloucester.
213 April 1880 Warrant for meeting.
[signed] David L. Haskell, Lyman D. Lowe } Parish committee; George W. Claiborne, constable.
    The Articles are:
  1. To choose a moderator
  2. To choose necessary Parish officers
  3. To hear auditor's report
  4. To see what action the Parish will take to supply the pulpit.
  5. To see what method the Parish will raise money for expenses.
  6. To see if the Parish will make any repairs or alterations on their Meeting house.
314 April 1880 Letter of dissmissal for Gilbert O. Burnham and Mrs. Jennie D. Burnham from the Plymouth Congregational Church in Allegheny, Pa. to Essex.
[signed] Benj. Tripp Jr., scribe
419 April 1880 Resolution thanking Ladies Benevolent Circle for $100 to be used for reduction of Parish debt.
519 April 1880 Resolution thanking the Young People's Society for $100 for debt reduction.
61 Jan 1881 Treasurer's report [signed] M. C. Osgood, church treasurer.
Total receipts [including $50.03 carry-over]: $143.541;
expenses [mostly charaties]: 83.57; Balance: 59.94.
79 March 1881 Resolution regarding payment of Parish debt and resolution that "we will never contract another parish debt - no never."
89 March 1881 Resolution thanking Addison Cogswell, Rufus Choate and Albert Cogswell for work in soliciting funds to pay off debt.
918 June 1881 Certificate that David B. Burnham has been accepted into Methodist Episcopal Church in Essex.
[signed] W. Wilkie
1013 Sept 1881 Invitation from Congregational Church in Manchester at council regarding resignation of Rev. George L. Gleason.
117 Nov 1881 Invitation from Congregational Church in Lanesville to ordination of D. E. Smith and R. Y. Wilton.
1223 Jan 1882 Warrant for special meeting to see if the Parish wishes to terminate contract with Pastor.
[signed] Henry W. Mears, Frank E. Burnham, Reuben Morris} Parish committee; Hervey Story} constable
1330 Jan 1882[?]
. "Jan 30 2"
Minutes of committee meeting. 2 pages pinned together

Rev. Palmer in the chair - Voted to continue order of services. Voted to dismiss Gilbert O. Burnham & wife to church in Everett.
200th Anniveresary. Voted to invite Parish to join in celebrating 200th
Baptism of children of G. Fellows[?]
April 17th. Voted to dismiss Moris[?] - Augusta H. Andrews to Dane St., Beverly
April 24th 1883. Voted to dismiss John B. Burnham & wife to church in Clear Lake, Iowa
May 6th. Dea. Cogswell and Reuben Morris were chosen delegates to conf. in Marblehead
May 29th. church meeting. Rev. Palmer in chair. Voted to buy 60 copies of Moody & Sankey music books. 200th Anniv. Voted to appropiate sum of $16 for expenses.
Voted that a comm. be appointed to consider printing a church manual.

1420 April 1882 Invitation from Immanuel Congregational Church, Boston Highlands to installation of Rev. Michael Burnham.
1521 April 1882 Report of transfer committee.

Received of Francis P. Haskell and transferred to Philip T. Adams as treasurer of first Parish of Essex the sum of $250.37 Together with four insurance policies and two deeds and two account books, the property of said first Parish.
[signed] A. P. Woodman, Charles Howes} committee

166 July 1882 Printed receipt for police duty on night of July 3d 1882 $4.00
[signed] Leonard Perkins
1722 Sept 1882 Warrant for special meeting. [signed] Reuben Morris, David L. Haskell, David B. Burnham } Parish committee. Hervey Story } constable.
    Articles include:
  1. To choose a moderator
  2. To see if the Parish will take action to enlarge the room now occupied by the selectmen of Essex as an office.
  3. To see if the Parish will take action to paint the parsonage and other buildings.
  4. To see if the Parish will take action in relation to laying a floor in theloft of the Church.
  5. To see what action the Parish will take in supply of their pulpit.
1810 Nov 1882 Receipt for boarding minister to date 3.00 to work at parsonage 2.00 - $5.00
[signed] Wm H. Mears
1912 Nov 1882 Letter of dismissal from North Scituate, R.I. for Rev. F. H. Palmer and Mrs. L. S. Palmer to Essex.
2028 March 1883 Receipt for labor done on bell deck $1.50, one window frame for parsonage barn and putting in the same 2.00 - $3.50
[signed] C. Cogswell
21May 1883 Receipt for painting parsonage house and barn $150.00
[signed] Daniel W. Bartlett
227 May 1883 Letter from Dane St. Congregational Church, Beverly, certifying that Miss Augusta H. Andrews has been received by that church.
2311 June 1883 Warrant for special Parish meeting "to see what action the Parish will take with reference to the offer made by the 'Young People's Association,' of a new pulpit and new pulpit furniture for the Meeting House.
[signed] Reuben Morris, S. L. Burnham, David L. Haskell} Parish Committee
2429 July 1883 Receipt for supply of pulpit $12.
[signed] Wm. P. Alcott
251 Oct 1883 Pastor's report
[ signed] F. H. Palmer, acting Pastor, lists activities for past year.

Eight categories of religious meeting are enumerated for a total of 250, also 240 pastoral visits (plus 216 by Mrs. Palmer), 17 funerals and 7 weddings. There were 2 baptisms, 6 admissions to the church (4 by letter), 7 dismissions and 6 deaths fora net loss of 7 members. Also listed are benevolent contributions.

2628 Oct 1883 Receipt for supply of pulpit $12.00
[signed] Temple Cutler
271 Jan 1884 Church treasurer's report.
[signed] M. C. Osgood, ch. treasurer.
287 April 1884 Receipt for one years services as treasurer $15.
[signed] P. T. Adams
298 April 1884 Receipt for 6 ton 385 lb of coal deliverd at 7.50 per ton - 46.44
[signed] E.K. Lee
3014 April 1884 Warrant for Parish meeting. [signed] Reuben Morris, Sidney L. Burnham, David L. Haskell } Parish committee; John F. Gilbert, constable.
    Articles:
  1. To choose a moderator.
  2. To choose necessary Parish officers
  3. To hear auditor's report
  4. To hear any application for membership
  5. To see what method the Parish will raise money for expenses
  6. To hear committee reports
  7. To see if the Parish will make any repairs on their Meeting House.
317 June 1884 Letter from Mary W. Crowell, of Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., thanking her cousin for books.
329 June 1884 Letter from F. H. Boynton, of Rye, N. H. thanking Rufus Choate for book.
339 June 1884 Letter from Jeremiah Taylor, of Providence, R.I., thanking Rufus Choate for book.
3410 June 1884 Letter from F. H. Palmer of Pomfret, Conn., thanking Mr. Choate for book.
3510 June 1884 Letter from E. B. Palmer of Ipswich thanking Rufus Choate for book.
3611 June 1884 Letter from Rev. J. C. Webster of Wheaton, Ill. thanking Rufus Choate for book.
3711 June 1884 Letter from J. L. Harris of Quincy Point, Mass., thanking Rufus Choate for book.
3812 June 1884 Letter from W. S. Coggin, of Boxford, thanking Mr. Choate for book.
3929 July 1884 Letter from J. G. Clark of Gloucester, Mass., thanking Rufus Choate for book.
4030 June 1884 Letter from E. G. Smith, of Sharon, Mass., thanking Mr. Choate for book.
4113 August 1884 Letter from Rev. Henry M. Dexter, editor of The Congregationalist, Boston, Mass., thanking Mr. Choate for book.
4223 August 1884 Letter from John Pike, of Rowley, Mass., thanking Rufus Choate for book.
4324 Oct 1884 Letter (8 pages) of acceptance from Temple Cutler to supply the pulpit.
4420 Jan 1885 Minutes of Church meeting.
452 Feb 1885 Invitation from the First Congregational Church in Rockport, Mass. to installation of Rev. Albert F. Norcross
4611 Feb 1885 Letter from Abbie P. Sinclair requesting transfer of membership from Essex to Salem.
4718 Feb 1885 Invitation from First Church of Christ, Springfield, Mass. to installation of Rev. Michael Burnham.
4820 Oct 1885 Minutes of Church meeting, C.S. Gage, moderator, D.B. Burnham, clerk pro tem
  1. Chose R. Morris and George A. Perkins delegates to conference at Rockport
  2. Invited Rev. Mr. Cutler to continue as their pastor
4911 Feb 1886 Bill from John F. Gilbert to church "for notifying 2 Parish meetings $2.00"
507 Sept 1886 Letter from the Congregational Church in Lexington certifying that Ira Burnham was accepted as a member there.
5130 Dec 1886 Treasurer's report.
[signed] M. C. Osgood, Treasurer of Church.

Expense items include bread and wine for 1885-86. Income and expenses totaled about $300 each. A report on the sale of the book "History of the First Church and Parish" mentions that books were sold for $1 each. They received 845 copies from the publisher and there were 682 copies left at the end of 1886.

521 Jan 1887 Church treasurer's report.
[signed] M. C. Osgood, ch. treasurer.
5310 April 1887 Auditor's report
[signed] Addison Cogswell, auditor.
Income: 1377.15;
Expenses: 1323.24;
Net assests Apr 1887: 281.24.
[Selected items are listed below]
Rev. Temple Cutler, salary$950.04
" Shipman, 4 mos. supply50.00
Frank E. Burnham, clerk services1.25
Daniel Sutherland, blower10.00
Frank A. Goodhue, blower10.00
P. T. Adams, treasurer15.00
E. W. Lander, care of house43.50
"38.33
W. G. Bannister

for watching church July 3
3.00
John Girdler, coal12.50
W. H. Burnham, wood5.50
5430 Dec 1887 Letter from the Harvard St., Baptist Church, Boston, Mass., transferring membership of Mrs. Maria C. Morrison to Essex.
5522 March 1888 Invitation from the Evangelical Congregational Church in Gloucester to counsel in resignation of Rev. F. G. Clark and installation of Rev. Rufus P. Hibbard.
5615 April 1888 Auditor's Report
[signed] C. B. Cogswell.
Income: 1426.09;
Expenses: 1392.28;
Net assests Apr 1888: 281.24.
[Selected items are listed below]
Rev. Temple Cutler, salary$950.04
" D. E. Beach, supply24.00
" F. T. Pomroy, supply12.00
" Mr. Osgood, supply12.00
" Mr. Flanders, supply12.00
" Woodwell, supply12.00
Julia S. Mears, board of supply4.00
Frank E. Burnham, clerk services1.23
W. C. Choate, organist70.00
Newell B. Goodhue, blower10.00
P. T. Adams, treasurer15.00
E. W. Lander, care of house55.00
" , collecting pew rent20.00
" , extry services9.49
Edward Low for watching church July 33.00
James F. Story for trimming hedge.75
John Girdler, coal; W. H. Burnham, do.16.75
Sidney L. Burnham, wood2.50
J. C. Choate, insurance68.50
571 May 1888 Receipt for taking care of meeting house Nov 1st to May 1st - $27.50, pew rents, other meetings in basement or little vestry, (singing school, Mechanics Band concert, annual town meeting, rep. caucus, state elections) total 47.47
[signed] E. W. Lander
5830 Aug 1888 Invitation from the Congregational Church in Hamilton for ordination of Rev. James O. Alwood.
591889-1895 Envelop containing correspondence relating to pulpit supply ministers
602 Feb 1889 Receipt for town taxes for 1888, real estate 43.38
[signed] Ebenr Stanwood, collector
613 March 1889 Notice that Mrs. Sarah B. Howes, Miss Ida P. Howes, and Miss Evelyn S. Howes have been received into the First Congregational Church in Hyde Park, Mass.
6229 March 1889 Receipt for pump repair .75 from J.F. Smith, dealer in stoves, sheet iron and hollow ware, tin, Essex
[signed] J.F. Smith
6315 April 1889 Minutes of Annual Meeting.

Charles B. Cogswell chosen moderator
Frank E. Burnham chosen clerk
Francis Haskell, David L. Haskell, and D. Choate Cogswell, Parish committee
Philip T. Adams, treasurer
Miss Fannie Perkins, collector
Charles B. Cogswell, auditor
Frank E. Burnham, W. C. Choate, and Everett Burnham, music committee
Rev. Mr. Cutler invited to continue as Pastor under same terms as previous year

6424 April 1889 Notice from L. D. Lowe, clerk pro tem, regarding the order of services. The morning services will begin at 10:30am and the afternoon services are changed from 2:00pm to early evening.
6517 Aug 1889 Warrant for special Parish meeting to decide "what action the Parish will take in reference to making repairs and alterations on their meeting house and raise and appropiate money for the same."
[signed] Francis Haskell, David L. Haskell, D. Choate Cogswell} Parish Committee; John F. Gilbert} constable
66Oct 1889 Receipt for 5 slate rippers and bolts from Francis P. Haskell, blacksmith, horse shoer and jobber
[signed] F.P. Haskell

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