March 27, 1771

1771 March 27 (Wednesday).  Mr. Brown of Winchenden, Mr. Goddard of Swanzey, and Mr. Lee of Royalston, were all the Ministers that came to join us; So that we were only five Ministers with our Delegates; and a Delegate from the Church in Keen.  These six Churches formed into a Council.  I was chose Moderator and Mr. Brown the scribe.  The Candidates for Convenanting presented them Selves with their Dismissions from the Churches they belonged to.  The Covenant was read to them which they Consented to; and Mr. Brighams Confession of Faith — voted Satisfactory.  Every Thing being prepared, we proceeded to the place of public Assembly — and there Mr. Lee opened the Solemnity by Prayer.  Mr. Smith Preached on Joh. 21.15.  Then the Church was gathered.  I prayed and gave the Charge: Mr. Goddard prayed after the Charge; and Mr. Brown gave the right Hand.  Returned to Mr. Mellen’s.  Were decently refreshed and lodged there.