1729A controversy between the northern and harbor sections of First Parish arose over where to locate a new meeting house.People and Communities, Religion

First Parish members agreed on the need for a new meeting house. However, several members living near the harbor wanted the new structure built in that location. Nathanial Coit, representing residents living near the Town Green, and with support from members of the Third Parish, organized a committee to enlarge the existing building. The controversy continued for several years, until 1738, when a majority voted to move public worship to a meeting house constructed the year before by harbor residents, instigating a separation into two parishes.

Heyrman, Christine Leigh. Commerce and Culture: The Maritime Communities of Colonial Massachusetts, 1690-1750. 1st ed. New York: Norton, 1984.
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