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    Samuel Merrill, 1928, reprint 1983

Newbury in the Seventeenth Century - Chapter VI, pp55-65

Queen Anne's Chapel

   This was the situation when Deacon Abraham2 Merrill and many others in the West Parish--about forty-five families--who opposed the Pipestave Hill site for a meeting house, determined to go over to the Church of England. A petition was sent to the Bishop of London asking for a minister, and another petition, signed by Abraham Merrill and twenty-one others, was presented to Gov. Dudley protesting against being "forced to contribute to the support of the tolerated dissenting Teachers."

   Gov. Dudley took the part of the petitioners in the controversy. The building which had been begun was finished in 1712, and was called Queen Anne's Chapel. It was fifty by thirty feet in size, and was used for religious services until 1766. This was the second Episcopal Church in Massachusetts. Abraham2 Merrill was chosen one of the first wardens, 30 March, 1714.

   John3 Merrill, son of Abraham2, was an active partisan of his father, and was imprisoned in 1712 for non-payment of a rate assessed by the West Parish. The long controversy may be considered to have reached its end in 1714, when the West Parish voted not to levy rates upon Episcopalians to pay for maintenance of the ministry.

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