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STATE OF MAINE, ss. BE it remembered, That on this eighteer: 1 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, and the forty-sixth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Jonathan Greenleaf, of the District of Maine, has deposited in this Office, the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as author in the words following, viz : "Sketches of the Ecclesiastical History of the State of Maine, from the i earliest settlement to the present time by Jonathan Greenleaf, Pastor of * a Church in Wells."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, " charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the “ times therein mentioned ;” and also, to an act, entitled, "An Act sup* plementary to an act, entitled "an act for the encouragement of learning, " by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and " proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and ex“ tending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and " etching historical and other prints..?

JOHN MUSSEY, jun. Clerk

of the District Court of Maine. A true copy of record, Attest, JOHN MUSSEY, jun, Clerk D. C. Maine.

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PREFACE:

THE following work was underiaken not with any in. tention of writing an Ecclesiastical History of the State, but merely with a view of collecting and preserving materials, of which, a regular history might hereafter be composed. It was believed thal many important fa&s might be arrested in their way to oblivion, and recorded for the benefit of after times and it was deemed advisable that publicity in some form should be given to this collection, in order that the errors relating either to fact or date might be corrected by the present generation, or probably, most of those corrections could never be made. In relating similar events, which happened in so many different places, much variety of stile or expression cannot be expected. The principal aim has been to record in a concise and intelligible manner such things only, as would interest the reader, and such as would probably be of some consequence hereafter.

It is not pretended that the following pages contain all the information of an Ecclesiastical nature that might be found in the State. It is presumed however, that the principal facts relating to the several denominations are here presented.

No labor has been spared to collect information from every probable source. Town Records, Parish Records, Church Records, and in some instances, private Records have been consulted. Information has also been sought from aged intelligent people, and some facts have been thus obtained which were never before written. Much care has been bestowed in

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