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tament, and will, as far as possible, strictly fulfil the said will in every part thereof." And I hereby solemnly and earnestly request the minister and wardens of said King's chapel, at all times hereafter, strictly to comply with and fulfil this my last will and testament, in all parts thereof which relate to said King's chapel, and by no means either to neglect so doing, or presume to evade it. And I hereby appoint all the gentlemen of the vestry of said church, for the time being, my trustees for ever, to inspect, and, if need be, to call the minister and wardens, for the time being, of said King's chapel, to account for all or any of the income of my said estate, and to see that the same is punctually employed for the uses and purposes herein before mentioned, and in no other manner.
The rector and wardens of King's chapel, having accepted the donation of Mr. Price, in the manner and form above prescribed, the course of sermons was commenced on Ash Wednesday, 1814, and has been continued to the present time.
The following memorandum is taken from the records of Christ church.
MEMORANDUM, OR LEOACT.
Whereas, in the month of June, 1790, the subscriber, by an instrument, did give and bequeath five hundred dollars, that now lays on interest, in the hands of the worthy Dr. Lathrop, minister of the New Brick, now the Second church of Christ in Boston, viz. the interest of said sum is to commence from the 17th of October, 1790, to and for the benefit of the singers, male and female, that this day lead in that essential part of singing praise to Almighty God. The true intent of which sum is for the benefit of the singers in said Second church, in Boston, so long a9 the society shall continue to meet, worship, and sing together, either with or without any instrument of musick. But if said Second church should, by any means in providence, be dissolved, or break up, then, I do hereby give said five hundred dollars, together with the interest, to the Episcopal church, in Boston, at the north end, called Christ church. And, in case of their dissolution or breaking up, then 1 give the above said sum, being one hundred and fifty pounds, to the first Baptist church in Boston, where, at present, the beloved Dr. Stillman is minister. And to whichever church and society, in time, the said sum may come, or remain with. And further, it is the will and intent of the said Tudor, that one half of the interest arising from the said sum shall be by the trustees distributed to the singers, male or female, that may lead in singing, either in money or books, as the trustees may judge most proper. And it is the will and design of the said Tudor, that one half of the interest arising on said one hundred and fifty pounds, shall be added to the principal, which, in about thirty-four years, will come to three hundred pounds, half of the interest will be nine pounds; and in time will come to two thousand dollars, if the trustees are faithful to their trust.
The original gift or obligation is in the hands of Deacon Ridgway, at present one of the deacons of the said second cfiurch, in Boston.
In testament to those before written, I hereunto set my hand and seal, this 10th of March, 1791.
JOHN TUDOR. [l.s.]
In presence of
I hereby appoint the minister, church wardens, and vestry, a set of trustees, for the sums above mentioned. J. TUDOR.
N. B. In my hands and keeping, is an address and acknowledgment of the above, by a committee from the society, and a letter of thanks from the committee of singers, for the sum, &c. &c.
One legacy given in life, is better than one given at death; for death is the cause of many, but life, 1 think, is the best and most proper time.—Thus I wrote, in the most simple manner, my thoughts in the above.
Copy examined and recorded, March 21, 1791, by me, James Sherman, Church Warden.
There is a cemetery under the church, containing thirtv-three tombs. In the Topogra
f)bical and Trlistorical Description of Boston, beore referred to, is mentioned, in a note, the following remarkable fact, of which many, who are now living, were eye witnesses. "Some years since, while the workmen were employed in the cemetery, building tombs, one of them found the earth so loose, that he settled his bar into it the whole length with a single effort. The superintendent directed him to proceed, till he found solid earth. About six feet below the bottom of the cellar, he found a coffin, covered with a coarse linen cloth, sized with gum, which, on boiling, became white, and the texture as firm as if it had been recently woven. Within this coffin was anoiher, protected from the air in a . similar manner; and the furniture was not in the least injured by time. The flesh was.sound, and somewhat resembling that of an Egyptian mummy. The skin, when cut, appeared like leather. The sprigs of evergreen, deposited in the coffin, resembled the broad leaved myrtle; the stem was elastick, the leaves fresh, and apparently in a state of vegetation. From the inscription, it was found to be the body of a Mr. Thomas, a native of New England, who died in Bermuda. Some of his family were among the founders of Christ church. His remains, when discovered, had been entombed about eighty years. They now rest in the north-east corner of the cemetery, and the stone so long concealed from observation is placed over them."
The church was incorporated by an act of the legislature of this commonwealth, in 1789.
A list of the Wardens of Christ Church, from Easter, 1724, to Easter, 1823, inclusive.
Senior Wardens. Junior Wardens.
1724-25. ThomasGraves.Esq. 1724-25.
1726. Anthony Blount. 1726.
1727. Edward Watts. 1727.
1728. Leonard Vassall. 1728.
1729. Gillam Phillips. 1729.
1730. George Monk. 1730.
1731. William Patten. 1731. 1732-34. William Price. 1732-34.
1735. JohnHooton. 1735.
1736. Robert Jarvis. 1736.
1737. Robert Jenkins. 1737.
1738. Edward Lutwyche. 1738. 1739-40. Hugh M'Daniel. 1739-40.
1741. JohnHamock. 1741.
1742. Robert Temple. 1742.
1747. .John Baker.
Senior Wardent. 1748. Alexr.Chamberlain. 1749-50. John Gibbs.
1751. Joseph Ballard.
1752. John Pullen.
1753. Giles Tidmarsh.
1754. John Baker.
1755. Alexr Chamberlain. 1756-58. John Baker. 1759. John Pigeon. 1760-62. Thomas Ivers. 1763-66. Francis Shaw.
1767-71. Thomas Ivers.
1772-81. John Hooton. 1782-87. James Sherman. 1788. Amos Winship. 1789-93. James Sherman.
1794. Martin Bicker. 1795-1801. George Bright.
1802. Thomas Kast.
1803. Nathaniel Smith.
1804. Thomas Kast.
1805-1 l.Lynde Walter. 1812-19. Shubael Bell. 1820-23. Thomas Clark.
Junior Wardens. 1748. Capt. Grushea. 1749-50. Joseph Ballard.
1751. John Pullen.
1752. Giles Tidmarsh.
1753. Robert Jenkins.
1755. Hugh M'Daniel. 1756-58. Robert Temple. 1759. Thomas Ivers. 1760-62. Francis Shaw. 1763-65. John Pigeon. 1766. Thomas Ivers. 1767-69. Daniel Malcorn. 1770-71 John Hooton.
1772-81. James Sherman. 1782-87. George Bright. 1788. John Stodard. 1789-91. Charles Williams.
1792. John Stodard.
1793. George Bright. 1794-1801. Thomas Kast.
1802. Nathaniel Smith.
1803. Thomas Kast.
1804. Lynde Walter. 1805-11. Robert Fennelly. 1812-19. Thomas Clark. 1820-23. John Sowdon.