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Church or body was commenced under the missionary
labors of Mr. Gloucester. In 1810 the corner stone
was laid, and in 1811 the church Avas dedicated to the
service of God. All this was accomplished in four
years, through the assistance of kind friends and the
blessings of God.
Before passing on to a further notice of the history
of the church, permit me to call the attention of the
reader to one or two interesting things connected with
the dedication of the church. It would seem upon
so interesting an occasion, that Dr. Alexander should
lead in the exercises of the day. He had previously
removed to Princeton, and was one of the Professors at
the Seminary. The people, encouraged and strength¬
ened no doubt by Mr. Gloucester, made so unanimous
and earnest an appeal to Dr. Alexander, that he con¬
sented to be present and preach the dedicatory sermon,
assisted in the other exercises by Drs. Green and Potts.
I am unfortunate in not being able to give the passage
of Scripture on which the discourse was founded. I
am equally so in not being able to give even a faint
outline of the discourse, there being no record of the
church upon which I can lay my hands to obtain the
information. Of one thing we may be assured, it was
appropriate and to the point.
Previous to the day of dedicating the house, Mr.
Gloucester had the following address circulated among
the people, and a copy sent to all friendly to his cause.
For the address I am under obligation to Mr. Jacob C.
White, Sen., who, very fortunately for the church and
posterity, kept this relic in his possession, and which is
now through his kindness given to all Avho may read
these pages. It is the production of Mr. Gloucester's