Medway, Mass. First Church of Christ - Disciplinary cases, undated; 1743-1808
These records are about disciplinary cases in Medway during this period. During the colonial period, the local church often functioned as the legal authority in matters of morality. Punishment in such cases usually consisted of censure — a temporary restriction from attending services and participating in church business — until the guilty party made a formal confession or request for forgiveness. Of particular notes is the case of David Pond of Wrentham who struck a pitch, created a disturbance was excommunicated from his church, and requested admission to First Church in Medway.
The Case of David Pond of Wrentham
David Pond was excommunicated from the Second Church of Christ in Wrentham, Massachsuetts for "striking a pitch" and creating an disturbance. He later applied to First Church in Medway for membership which sparked a conversation between the two churches as to his fitness for membership.
|Questions Proposed to Second Church of Christ in Wrentham (now Franklin) (copy)||Haven, Elias||undated||Letter sent to the church in Wrentham asking as to the nature of David Pond's excommunication from Wrentham; copy made by Elias Haven|
|Answers given by the Second Church of Christ in Wrentham (now Franklin) (copy)||Barbor, John;
|1747/48||Account of answers received from the church in Wrentham, copy made by Elias Haven.|
|Meeting minutes (copy)||Haven, Elias||1743 and 1749||Minutes of a meeting held to determine the fate of David Pond's membership.|
The Case of Mr. Sanford and Mr. Spring
Tesimony against Mr. Sanford and Mr. Spring detailing their views on the nature and origin of sin.
|Testimony||Hall, David||1777||Testmiony that Mr. Spring and Mr. Sanford believe sin or originate from God, with details as to the resulting conversation|
The Case of Brother Adam Bulland
This council vote found, unanimously, that Br. Adam Bulland has violated his covenant engagements with the church in absenting himself from the holy communion.
|Council vote||Prentiss (moderator)||1808||Vote of the ecclesiastical council which found that Adam Bulland had "violated his covenant engagements" with the church.|
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