take place, and are not willing to comply with my proposals, I shall expect
the town will make a proposal to me, and give me time to take under consideration,
and I will return you my answer at your next annual meeting, or to this,
if you please to adjourn to some future day."
Hallowell, December 18. 1788.
| On motion being made, the question being
put, whether the town will accept of the proposal made in Mr. Foster's answer,
brought into the meeting and communicated by the Committee, and it passed
in the negative, seventy four against, and seven for it.
The proceedings judgment and advice of the
Ecclesiastical Council, lately convened in this town, of which the Revd.
Thomas Brown was Moderator, being read and considered in Town meeting,
Voted, That whereas the Revd.
Isaac Foster, both by his principals and behaviour has given just grounds
(in the opinion of this town) for uneasiness and complaint against him,
especially when viewed and considered as a public teacher; the subject matter
whereof has recently been mutually submitted to a learned judicious council,
who after a tedious and painful investigation of the subject of complaint,
and the allegations laid before them, have advised and recommended the dismission
of Mr. Foster from his Pastoral office in this town. They the said Council
being clearly of opinion, that Mr. Foster can be no longer useful in the
Ministry here; and as there doth not appear to this town the smallest probability
of Mr. Foster's being any longer useful as a Public Teacher in this place;
as it is considered that he has forfeited his Ministorial character.
The town of Hallowell in legal town meeting
assembled, do therefore agreeable to, and in compliance with the advice
and recommendation of the said Council, as well as for the regard we have
for the welfare of this town, and the good of Religion, Do therefore grant
him the said Isaac Foster a dismission from his pastoral office as a Public
Teacher in this town, and he is hereby dismissed accordingly by a majority
of eighty for, and nine against.
Voted, That the said Isaac Foster be
not allowed to preach in the Town's Meeting house any longer, and that the
Sexton be ordered to keep the Meeting house doors shut against him as a
Preacher, by a majority of sixty for and seven against.
Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed
to serve Mr. Foster with