fast around Mr. Foster that a general dissatisfaction with him appeared
at this time to prevail, and a meeting of the town was called for September
9th, "to hear any proposals which the Rev. Isaac Foster shall make respecting
a dismission from his ministerial relation and connection with the inhabitants."
Daniel Cony was moderator of this meeting, to which Mr. Foster proposed
terms upon which he would dissolve the connection, which, however, were
not acceptable to the town. The proposal was in writing, signed by Mr.
Foster, and according to the record "had two several readings in the meeting,"
when the question was put whether the town would accept the terms, "and
it passed in the negative." Mr. Foster was then invited to attend the
meeting by a committee chosen for that purpose, when he appeared and was
asked if he had any further proposal to make. In reply he offered to "take
£200" and dissolve the connection. The question upon accepting this
was put, "and it passed in the negative." The meeting, probably to
end the interview, then adjourned for five minutes, when it again assembled
and proceeded to the consideration of other business.
Uneasiness still existed with many in relation to the
unsettled state of affairs with the minister, particularly those who paid
taxes for his support and could not conscientiously attend his meetings.
At the request of a number of the inhabitants a meeting was called October
30th, to see if the town would agree to have the contract with him cancelled,
and should they not succeed in this, to see if the town in conjunction
with the church would call an ecclesiastical council to hear, judge and
advise in all matters of grievances that should be regularly laid before
them; and "if no measures are taken to remove the grievances complained
of, to see if the town will vote to discharge the disaffected, who cannot
conscientiously attend upon Mr. Foster's meetings, from paying any tax
for his support."
Samuel Bullen was chosen moderator, and a committee
appointed to treat with Mr. Foster in relation to cancelling his contract.
The meeting was adjourned for fifteen minutes to give an opportunity for
the conference, when the committee reported that "Mr. Foster had nothing
to offer with regard to an agreement, but that he would concur in calling
a council if the town and church see fit." To this the town acceded, and
proposed the council that ordained Mr. Foster with the exception of his
two brothers, which was accepted by Mr. Foster, who "nominated Mr. Williams
and his church of