A committee was appointed to
inform Mr. Foster, who probably had returned to Hartford, of the result
of the meeting. He arrived again at Hallowell July third, and on the fifth
answered the committee by letter, in which he says "taking under consideration
the union which at present subsists, with the generosity that appears
among you, I accept the call."1 He preached in the meeting
house Sunday the ninth of July, also the sixteenth and the twenty-third.
At the last date Henry Sewall in recording the fact says he "preached
poor doctrine." The next Sunday he exchanged with the Rev. Thomas Moor
of Wiscasset. On the sixth of August he again preached, and as Sewall
says, "Armenian doctrine." Two days after Sewall "had a conference
with Mr. Foster," but "could not convince him of the impropriety of his
doctrines." On the twelfth he again conversed with him "respecting experience,"
and on the next day, which was Sunday, he records in his diary that "Mr.
Foster preached rank Armenianism."
The following day, Monday the fourteenth of August,
a town meeting assembled to fix the time and make provision for the ordination
of Mr. Foster, at which Simon Dearborn, Joseph North and William Howard
were appointed a committee to confer with him in relation to the time,
which was finally fixed for the second Wednesday in October. It was then
determined to send to seven churches to assist on the occasion, three
of which were to be nominated by the town, two by the church, and two
by Mr. Foster. The town selected the churches at Bristol, Bath and Harpswell;
and the church, the churches of East Pownalborough and Falmouth second
parish. The "letters missive" were drawn. and signed by Daniel Cony, Joseph
North and Brown Emerson in behalf of the town, two blanks being left to
be filled by Mr. Foster's nominations. A committee was appointed consisting
of Joseph North, William Howard and Amos Pollard to provide for the entertainment
of the council.2
Capt. Sewall, who had opposed the appointment of a day
for the ordination, on the day succeeding the meeting "had a close, plain,
and solemn interview with Mr. Foster respecting his heretical doctrines."
After this conference, and on the same day, Mr. Foster left for Connecticut,
and returned October second with his family and his two brothers, John
and Daniel, who were ministers and members by the candidate's nomination
of the ordaining council.3