The Granite Monthly Volume 1

The Granite Monthly Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...around their small house of worship. "Forty foot longe, twenty-six foot wide, sixteen foot stud," was that meeting house; with six windows, two doors, tile covering, and "with glass and nfails for it." It was in 1653 that that second edifice was built. On that house they placed a turret in 1665, and in it, from that year, swung the bell they bought in England; before which time, from 1648, Richard Finkham, by town authority, had summoned the people to church by beat of his drum. It was in 1667 they built the " fort," as the old records called it, for a defence against the Indians. The ground slopes rapidly on each side of the work. The palisade was one hundred feet square, with "two sconces of sixteen foot square." The timbers were twelve inches thick, and the wall eight feet high, with sills and braces. Inside the inclosUre the men stacked their arms on the Lord's day; and inside the two "sconces," which stood on alternate corners, the sentinels watched. They could see far up and down the road north and south; and from Bellamy river to the Ne wichawannock west and east. To that church came the people, not only of Dover Neck, but from Bellamy, and Nock's Marsh, and--save in the winter--from Cochecho and a mile still farther north. To the toll of its bell came the canoes across from Back River side, and across the turbulent waters of the Piscataqua from Bloody Point, and even from the southern shores of the Great Bay. The Durham people, then the Oyster River part of Dover, had a meeting house of their own, but rarely had a minister; and when they had none they, too, came, or rather generally rebelled against coming, so far as to Parson Reyner's. And taxes for the ministry were laid upon all...show more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 417g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817753
  • 9781236817754