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We seek not yours, 
P)ut you. 



Rby. R()i]al Crafts 3pauldliig, 

AND -^ p'-M.y ino _ 
Extracts from Letters of Himself, 


Jeruslia Brpnt ,^paiilding. 



rR?q/^GlS B"^RyNCS. 

HouLTON, Maine : 




In the evening of an August day of the year 1S62, a young man 
vvlio had been stopping at the Hotel in Houlton for a short time, 
asked the clerk where to find the house of Rev. R. C. Spaulding. 
The necessary information having been given, the stranger passed 
up the principal street of the village, till he reached the gateway 
of a double tenement, one storv house, which he recognized as 
the indicated residence, d'he Western half was, to outward 
appearance, without inmates tor the time being, for the windows 
were closed and the curtains all down except at one window in 
the back part of the house. 

The caller rapped at the door, and waited some few moments 
for a response, but none came. At last, just as he was at the point 
of turning awa^•, the front door was slowly opened and there 
presented herself to view a slight Iniilt, rather undersized, elderly 
Woman, whose face was furrowed with wrinkles of age and care, 
but whose eyes shown with the undimmed energy of youth. 

In a shrinking manner she inquired the stranger's wishes as 
though the sooner the errand were done the better. The caller had 
come for a purpose, and was not to be discouraged. He told his 
name, Ids purpose to settle in the place, and of his standing as a 
member of the Baptist Church. ''Oh, 1 am so glad to see you !" 
she exclaimed, and extending her hand grasped the hand of the 
other most warmly. ''We liave just got home from one of our trips, 
and Mr. Spaulding is at tlie barn taking care of the horse. I had 
hardly got my things oil." The caller said he would not intrude, 
but would call again. 

Such was my first inler\ iew with the heroic wife, mother, anil 
missionary, Jerusha Brvant Spaulding. To me it was a simple act 
of recognition of the fa^t of their residence in the place, and of 



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their work, as I had read of them. Of any particular result I did 
not dream. To her it was '^a gleam of light in a dark place," 
and in the quick flashing of her woman's intuition she saw the 
possibility for the Baptist Church of Houlton. As I learned 
afterwards, with the warm grasp of the hand there came to her 
mind the germ of the new and forward movement of the Baptist 
Cause, which for seventeen years her husband and herself had 
toiled, sacrificed, and waited for. 

From that moment there began 
myself, on their part, and it contii 
received me as they would their owi 
their most intimate confidences. 

The association which circumstances thus brought about between 
us was of most lasting and powerful infiuence upon myself. The}' 
lived in the utmost exercise of faith; ''the sul^stance of things 
hoped for" was literally theirs. They had given themselves to 
God and His work. He would carry them througli to the end. 

Thus equipped with this most implicit, yet ardent faith, and 
fortified by a wise caution and an exhaustless patience tliey toiled 
and waited; "cast the bread beside all waters," in this great 
region, and, "after many davs," the abundant harvest was before 

It has been a labor of love to me, in these past few months, to 
colled, and arrange, as well as I could, the mementos of their 
priceless toil for souls. In this wxirk I have been greatly aitled by 
Mrs. Annie Spaulding Bradbury, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who 
surrendered to me the letters of her sainted parents, and also by 
the friends of the family in all the places where they li\ed. Truly 
"the memory of the just is l)lessed." 

To all who have aided me so heartily I return most earnest 



I WAS born in PlainficUl, Sullivan Co., New Hampshire, July 
39th, 1800. Mv parents, Joseph and Alarv Elkins Spaulding, 
were of English descent and removed to Compton, Upper Canada, 
in my infancy, and lived there twelve years. In 1S13 thev moved 
liack to the States, and resided in Pomfret, Connecticut. 

I was awakened, when quite young, to a sense of my lost condi- 
tion, but was nineteen vears of age before I obtained a hope in 
Christ, and professed religion. I was then serving an apprentice- 
ship at the saddle and harness-makers tratic, in Pomfret, and was 
admitted to tlie Congregational Church in that place; but soon 
began, 1)\ reading of the New Testament, to be tried in my mind 
on the subject of l)aptism, and about one \ ear from this time, hav- 
ing gone to Worcester, Massachusetts to work at my trade, I 
attended the meeting of Dr. Jonathan Coing, and was baptized 
and united with the Baptist Cluircli of which he was Pastor. 

I now began to feel an ardent desire to become useful as a 
Christian, am! supplied m\self with some books to read and study 
for tlie improvement of my mimi, which had 1ieen sadly negle6ted 
from m\ not having had the early advantages of a common school 
education. When mv apprenticeship expired I went into my 
Pastor's family to get what help I could from reading and stutly, 
where I spent six months. 

Then I worked mv wav along, and spent about six months in 
Rev. jNIr. Fisher's school for young men which he taught in his 
own house in Bellingham, Mass. After that I attended two or 
three terms at Amherst Academy, antl in 1824, by the ad\ ice and 
assistance of mv good Pastor, Dr. (ioing, and the Church, 1 went 
to Waterville, and was there about two \ears, in the Theological 
Institute, attending to such branches as 1 most needed. 

In 1S26 the OfHcers of the College received a letter from Levant 


(now Kenduskeag) requesting them to send a student to spend his 
winter vacation in teaching their winter school, and preaching in 
their phice on the Sabbath. There was no church of any Denom- 
ination in the town. I was advised by my teachers to go, and 
availed myself of the opportunity, expecting to return to Water- 
ville again, when my school closed, to pursue my studies ; but the 
leading men of the town, in their town meeting, chose a Committee 
of five to invite me to come and settle there as their minister, and 
were not willing for me to spend any more time at Waterville. 
After closing my school I went back, and made known to the 
Officers of the College the wishes of the people at Levant, and 
they thought it was a call which ought not be unheeded, and ad- 
vised me by all means to comply. Though very reluctant to give 
up my regular studies I yielded to their advice, went back to 
Levant, and commenced my labors there for the people of the 
town. On the second day of May, 1826, I was ordained to the 
work of the Gospel Ministry ; the meeting on the occasion being- 
convened in a large, new barn, in the centre of the town. Dr. 
Chapin came from Water^ille to preach the ordination sermon.* 

Li the summerof 1828, \\c had a small IJaptist Churcli organized, 
and, on Od:. 7, same year, 1 was married to Miss Jerusha 
Barstow Bryant! of Bangor; so then I had a /)cwr.s7/V home, 
and an ecclesiastical home in the little town of Levant, and there 
we continued and labored until 1S34. ^"^ small* Congregational 
Church was organized, and they united with the Baptists in erect- 
ing a nice house of worship, in the village, to be occupied al- 
ternately by the Bap. and Cong. Societies. In Jan. 1834, Ire- 
signed my charge in Levant, and became Pastor of the Baptist 
Chmxh at East Corinth, about six miles from Levant, where we 
labored nine years with that tlear people, and formed precious 
friendship, in both of those towns, that we trust will be perpetu- 
ated in the heavenly world. 

In the summer of 1844, I was sent by the Maine Baptist Mission- 
ary Board to Aroostook County, as one of the pioneer Missionaries ; 

*Rev. Otis Brig-gs of Hampden, and Mr. Dexttrof Corinth aided in the services. (Mem- 
orial Discourse by Rev. Isaiah Record.) 

tjERU.SHA Barstow Bryant was born at Newcastle, Lincoln Co., Maine, February 1, 
1801. Her parents, Charles and Elizabeth Louden Biyant, were of Irish descent, and had a 
family of one son and eight daughters. When Jerusha was quite young- the family removed 
to Bangor, where she became a constituent member of the First Baptist church, and lived 
until her marriage. 


and the winter following, in the month of February, I moved my 
family* by the direction of the Mission Board to Houlton village, 
where we have remained for more than thirty years past ; and 
what we have done, or left undone, we must leave altogether with 
Divine Providence, not without many regrets that we have accom- 
plished so little. 

Still I wish to acknowledge, with gratitude to God, that He has 
permitted us to work so long in His vineyard, and that He has 
been pleased, as I trust, to bless my poor labors with some success ; 
and now I am laid aside from Zion's work, yet rejoice and thank 
God that His blessed cause is more and moie precious to us both, 
and that we find His Holy Word a great comfort and support to 
us in our old age, with its infirmities. 

Our earnest prayer shall continue, '■'■Thy Kingdom come. Thy 
will be done in earth as'it is in Heaven." 

*Children of Royal Crafts and Jerusha Bryant Spaulding : 

Henry Martyn, born at Levant, Maine, Nov. 15, 182i); died in Hackensack. N. J., 
April 22, 1880. Married Isabella Stephenson Mould, Aug. 20, 1867, at Lewisburg Penn. 
Henry served in the army during the war, enlisting from Ohio. He followed the profession 
of teaching up to the time of his death. He left a family of four children. 

Ann Judson, horn at Levant, Dec. 1, 1833; married J.ames Tyler Bradbury, A. M. W. C. 
of Waterville, Me., Nov. 23, 18.55. He died at West Liberty, W. Va., June 14, 1863. 

Mrs. Bradbury has a family of three children, two sons and a daughter. She resides at 
Milwankee, Wis. 

Howard Clarkson, born at Corinth, Me., Feb. 25, 1838; died at same place, Aug. 4, 1840. 

BoARDMAN Carey, born at Corinth, Me., Sept. "27, 1843; married Mary Ann McBrien of 
Houlton, Me., April 26, 1868. Boardman enlisted in the 17th Regt. U. S. Regular Army, 
in 1862, and was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville. He was afterwards admitted to 
the Bar, in Aroostook County, Me., and moved to the West, nearly twenty years ago. His 
children are three sons and one daughter. 

Under date of March 23, 1891, Mrs. Bradbury writes thus of that removal of the family : 

" The most vivid impression of the long hard journey, in winter, from Bangor to Houl- 
ton, in a single sleigh, is snow and forest, forest and snow, — interminable, it seems ; and the 
strange wild music of the winter wind in the tree-tops, and the sharp crackling of frosty 
hmbs added to the dreary i ide of days — how many I do not know. Then there was a con- 
tinued dread of meeting another team, as Mother with my baby-brother in her arms and I 
usually had to get out into the narrow road, while the men held up the sleigh as the horse 
plunged through the deep snow. My little brother, sixteen month old, must be carefully 
coven-d from the intense cold, as he lay in Mother's arms, and carefully watched lest he be 

Onarri.alnt Houlton, February 1, 1845, Mother's birthday, we went to Mr. Hussey's 
tav-rn, standing with its front to the West, where now stands the B. H. Putnam block ; and 
thtn came the reaftion after the terrible ride, and my Mother had a severe illness. After 
lur recovery we moved into the house, which my Father bought in 1851, the only one we 
evt-r lived in, in Houlton. 

The Garrison Wiis seeing its best days then, — the stars and stripes always flving from the 
t ill Hag-staff, and sunrise and sunset regularly registered by the morning and evening gun. 
The 1 came a time when the little village was made sad, as the troops marched down through 
town and away in response to the summons to Mexico." 

And the rrmnner of it. 


Glenburn, Maine, Nov. 6, 1S90. 
Dear Sir : 

I read the notice in the Advocate (;f yonr purpose to prepare a 
memorial of Mr. and Mrs. Spaukhng-. I am ghid this work is to 
be done. 

Mr. vSpaulding- was settled in Corinth, my native place, for nine 
years, and amono- my earliest and pleasantest recolleaions are 
those of the visits which he and his wife made, at my Father's 
house. Father, Mother, and children were always delighted to 
see them. I remember well how he used to come in and shake 
liands with every one of the fnnily ; and we, very little children, 
all felt that he had a personal interest in us. Then his gentleness 
antl gentlemanliness won us. I recall both his and Mrs. Spauld- 
ing's manner, as though it were but yesterday. What unaffectetl 
sympathy, ami what warm Christian love beamed from their 
countenances and dr')pped from their lips! 

1 was not more tlian eight years old, when they left Corinth for 
the Aroostook, yet so strongly had their beautiful Christian lives 
impressed my mind that time does not elface, but rather deepens 
the feeling. It was a great grief to my parents, and their family, 
when Mr. Spaulding felt called to leave us; but his own spirit of 
self-sacriHce had been measurably imparted to them, and they 
were led to acquiesce, feeling that the haml of God was in it. 

Both husband and wife possessed large faith; they were ad- 

*Thc fust IctU-ris from Mrs. Abbi.- Jones Goodwin, and the second from her sister, 
Mrs, Charlotte Jones Merwin, now resident in Conn. Their Father's name was George \V. 
Jones, a farmer of Corinth, Me., and an earnest member of the Baptist Church. 

.\ portion of a letter from Mrs. Spauldintr to their Mother follows. 

vanced thinkers; indeed, were almost prophets, and they were, at 
Corinth, "in labors more abundant." 

The parish was a large one, but every part was eareiully and 
tVeciuentlv visited. They made all the people interested in Mis- 
sions ; the Macedonian was thorou<>hly distributed among the 
members, and there was always the monthly concert of prayer, 
with colleftion for missions. r2\ ery .Sunday exening, ii; the meet- 
ing house, at five o'clock, or, in winter, ''at early candlelight," 
was held the prayer meeting, and, on Tuesday and Thursday 
evenings, social meetings were held in the houses, among the 
neighl)<)rs. Mrs. Spaulding instituted the maternal, or female 
prayer meeting, and its sessions were regularly held and the at- 
tendance large. 

Besides these stated occasions, Mr. Spaulding very iVeciuently 
had preaching appointments in the outlying tlistrict. The Sun- 
day School was held between the preaching services, followed by 
the choosing of books from the well-filled Library. Many of the 
books was the gift of Mr. vSpaulding. Their nine years ol' seed 
sowing, in Corinth, laiil the ibundations of the Church strong, 
symmetrical, and sure. These memories are as of yesterday to 
me, deepened too by subsequent meetings with tlum, when they 
had come down, in their wagon, over the long road, to attend the 
yearly sessions of the Penobscot Association. The pleasure of 
going to the Association was ahvax s enhanced to my parents by 
the prospect of meeting their old pastor and his wife : and as olkn 
as possible they secured a brief visit from them. To our lamily 
they were just the same ; we could see no change exce]:)t "a going 
on unto perfection." 

New Havex, Feb. 6, 1S91. 
Dear Sister : 

I enclose a letter of Mrs. Spaulding's to Mother. I think she 
must have sent it to me to read. 1 can testify to the worth of 
those faithful servants of (iod. Their devoted piety and consistent 
living impressed me, when a child, of the reality of religion. I 
think Corinth has a great deal to thank Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding 
for. They worked for the elevation, as well as salvation of the 
people, and practical what they preached. They tried to arouse 
a missionarN- interest by books and papers, and would go without 
their own tea and cofiee to give to the cause. They strove to in- 

terest tlic vouiiy-, and procured a library of excellent books, all 
covered, numbered, and catalogued, which proved a great help to 
both old and youno-. 

Thev were ready for every good work, earnest, devoted, faithful, 
sparing not themselves ; "living exam[)les known and read of all 
nun," and "their works do follow them." 

IIoi'i.TON, March 17, 1864. 
Mv Dear Sistkk Joxks : 

Mow time hies I \'()ur interesting letter ought to have been 
answered long ago, — but if \nu knew //cv/f the things that hinder 
m\' writing I know sou would willingh excuse me. We both feel 
verv grateful to \(iu for writing to us, and telling us so much about 
our dear Corinth friends, whose welfare is always interesting to us 
and will be, as long as we live. * * * How I should like a 
photograph album with all the pictures of our dear old friends of 
Corinth anil young friends too ! I)ea. Hunting* gave us his like- 
ness, last Fall, when we were there, and we can hardly look at it, 
since you told us of liis tieath, without bringing the tears to our 
eves, — not tears of sorrow, because he has gone to join the re- 
deemed family above, liut of tender recollections of the many 
ofiices of kin(hiess that we rcc(.i\ed iVom him. during om^ residence 
in tfat favored place: and of his earnest, untiring labors for the 
good of the Church and the cause of Christ. * * * J would 
be glad to write to your dear daughter, if I only had time, but 
our labors are more abundant tiian usual, this winter, liaving sick 
ones to visit and funerals to attend, in several towns around ; be- 
sides all our regular meetings in diilerent places, our children's 
correspondence to attend to, and our househould concerns to keep 
in order. 

1 jolin nuntinij was a miiler by trade, and inoprietor of Iluntiiifr's Mill 
111" tin- strong- men of that stron.u- cliurch, and died sliortly before this let 


Houston, July i6, 1S44. 
My Dear Wife : 

I stayed at Bro. Robinson's, the night after I left home ; left 
there early, took breakfast with Bro. Staples, dined at Oldtown, 
and spent that night at Enfield. Friday, I drove fiftv-four miles, 
and stayed at the Forks. vSaturday, drove twentv-four miles, and 
stayed at Sister Ingersol's in II()nltt)n. I preached twice on the 
Sabbath, two miles out of tlie village, shall have two lectures; this 
week, and preach in Liimeus next Sabbath. Dined, to-dav, with 
Sister Tupper, wife of widow Tupper's son. He belongs to the 
Cong, church ; she is a very decided Baptist. She is the daughter 
of Deacon Noah Smith of Calais, and writes for The Mother's 
Assistant and The Young Lady's Friend. Her name was Ellen 
S. Smith. Her Father and Mother taught the first Sabbath school, 
in the United States, in the City of Providence. Three times he 
has seen his whole class converted and united with the church. 

This Sister Tupper has two Sabbath schools in this place, one 
in the morning, at the Cong. Meeting House, of thirty scholars, 
which she has collected from the streets herself, and another, abont 
three miles distant from the first, at foiu^ o'clock p. i\i., at the place 
where I preached, last Sabbath. 

The Baptist Church in this place exists only in name. When I 
arrived here, there was no appointment made. In the morning I 
had twenty, in the afternoon, some more than thirty. They had 
received my letter, but did not know what to do as they have no 
head nor anything else ; yet I hope to do some good, if Christians 
prav and the Lord blesses. 

Wlien I become settled I will tell yon more about my situation. 
* * * Remember me aftectionatelv to I^rother John, tell him 
there is a great field of lal)or here. 

Yoiu- husband, ver\ sincereh and alTectionately, 



Belfast Academy Grant, July 31, 1S44. 
My Dearly Beloved Wife and Children : 

This is the third day that it has rained, and I do not go out much. 
I am at the house of Gen. Cummings,* the uncle of Isaac and 
Rebecca Cummings of Bangor. They are very kind, hospitable 
people. He and his wife and son's wife are Baptist professors. 
1 his place is seven miles from Houlton. I preached here, last 
Sabbath, to a small, crgwded school-house. Two men and their 
wives came from Limerick, round through Houlton, twelve miles. 

The next day after I wrote to you last, I preached a lecture, two 
miles North of Houlton village; on the next day preached again 
at Hodgdon, five miles South of H. Saturday I went to Linneus, 
ten miles on the road toward Bangor, and stayed at the house of 
Bro. Nickerson.| Tlie children were all at home. In the even- 
ing, Edward and his wife came in and we had a prayer meeting. 
In the morning we went to the school-house where Elizabeth 
teaches, four miles, antl I preached to more than a house full. 
Sister N. rode with us, «and carried a little baby four or five weeks 
old. Went back to Bro. N.'s house, and stayed all night. Next 
morning he handed me a five dollar bill and wished me to let him 
have some books for it. 

I then returned to Houlton ; staved at Sister Hussev's. Her 
husband is an innkeeper, not a professor but a verv kind and 
pleasant man. He told me to make it my home when I wishetl. 
Tucsda\- afternoon, 1 c:uiie to this place. Wednesday morning, I 
left my lioise at Gen. C's and, walking about a mile and a half, 1 
calleil at every house. Then I went one miU", Nortli, through the 

*John Cummings ciime to the plantation of New Limerick, some little time prior 
year, 1S8«I. He h;,d been living at Winthrop, Kennebec Co., and owed his title of G. 
to position in the State Militia. 

By deed of Aug. 'iSd, lh30, the Trustees of Belfast Academy conveyed to him sever: 
of land in their Grant, which lay just North of the Limerick Grant. 

He soon moved his f imily to the Belfast land, and lived there till the time of his 
He was the first settler on the Grant, and a man of influence through the commu 

fThomas Nickerson with his wife and quite a large family of children, moved 
Charleston, Penobscot Co. to Linneus, in March, 1842. He bought out some p^rsoi 
had begun an inprovement on the lot, and received his deed the Propiietor, 
Hodgdon, in the Fall of 1843. Mr. Nickerson had the title of Colonel from Militia st 
and was acquainted with Mr. Spaulding and his family while the latter was settled ii 
inth. Col. Nickerson was a pleasant and hospitable man in his home, and the niinistc 
always a welcome guest. He was a strong supporter of the Baptist cause during his 


woods to Bro. Oilman's, asked them for some bread and milk 
which was very nice, and had a good rest. After talking and 
praying with the family, I gave them a bible and some tracts. I 
left them and went back to the road again. South of this town 
is Limerick, and all that separates it from Belfast is a piece of 
woods, about three and a half miles wide. We cannot go through 
with a carriage. I then entered the woods by a foot-path, and, 
finding a log house, called and gave some tracts. I asked how far 
it was to the next house and was told, three miles. I went on, 
but found it very hard and slow walking. I got there about night, 
found a very interesting and respectable family and stayed that 
night ; appointed a lecture there the next day, at five o'clock. 
Next morning visited and gave notice of the meeting. Some more 
than twenty present at the meeting; two women came five miles. 
I spoke of God's condescending love to His people. 

Friday morning, went back towards Belfast. Took another 
path, worse than the first, that I might call upon some other 
families, got through the woods about noon ; to this place where I 
now am, about four, and at five o'clock, preached a lecture in the 
school-house close by. I tried to show weak and doubting Chris- 
tians that the word and promises of God will never fail. One 
sickly but pious woman walked more than two miles. She came 
from the house where I gave the l)iblc. 

vSaturday morning, I thought I would rest for the Sabbath. But 
I looketl toward Iloulton, (for where I am now writing, in mv 
chamber, I can see Hoidton \illage, seven miles East of ns, and 
on a hill beyond it the Garrison, in full view. It looks like an- 
other small village; and a little Irom that I can see the Parish of 
Richmond, in the British Province,) and I so longed for a letter 
that I got my horse and went down. Called at the Office and, to 
my joy, I found one. I knew the handwriting, I walked very last 
to my room. When I opened the letter and saw how full it was 
I laughed out aloud. I began to read it, and sometimes I would 
laugh and cry together. I thank n ou a tliousand times for your 
good letter. After I read it I tried to pray for you all. I kissed 
the letter and also little B. C.'s marks. In the afternoon, I came 
back to this place where I preaclied, last Sabbath, as I l)efore said. 

Next Sabbath, I preach in Limerick. The people are poor in 
these towns. In this, the children have no schools of an\- kind to 


attend. Our clear favored children do not know anything of 
poverty and want. I want the children to learn as fast as they 
can. I want to know how tast they are getting along. Is Ann's 
Botany the right edition ? Ask Mr. Thurston ; show it to him and 
if it is not, ask him to get one for her. Ask for the tuition bill, 
before the term expires, and show it to Bro. Brownson. I want 
you to have some coal. Mr. Goodwin can tell you where to get 
some, six cents a bushel. I want you to get some ripe currants. 
Let H. and Ann go some where and pick you some ; carry the 
money and ofler to pay for them. You need them for your health, 
I want you to have some fresh lamb or beef. Ask Mr. Norcross 
who has it to sell. I will pay for it when I come home. It will 
grieve me to think that you are doing without anything tliat you 
need. 1 want the children to write loiiger letters, and vtni to 
write )io sJiortcr ones. 

Saturday mnr)iii/g^ I /on/ ton ^ Ai/o-. J: To-morrow I preach 
in Linneus. There are no prayer meetings among the Baptists, in 
anv of the towns, where 1 go to preach, I am trying to arrange 
for some female prayer meetings. Next week I hope to have 
some commenced, one in Belfast and another in Iloulton. I wish 
you would write a circular letter to the Baptist sisters, in Lin- 
neus, in Belfast, in Limerick, anel Houlton. I think it would do 
good. I feel a deep and growing interest in this region. I want 
the chiklren to get an editcation and come and instruct schools. 

I long to see you all, but I must be patient. I am willing to 
stay here, if I can do good to \\\\ fell()\v-men, and also be earning 
something to educate my dear children. I look toward Charleston 
very often. If 1 coulil tiy 1 would be there, once a week. My 
health is :vv-i'^-'V.rV. 

Yovn-s, most aliectionatelv, 


P. S.— .SVr/. uigJit. This afiernoon, we have appointed a 
female prayer meeting, at Sister i'lippei's, lor next Frida\-, at two 
o'clock. " ' R.' C. S. 

Houlton, Aug. 27, 1844. 
My Dearly Bkloaed Wife : 

I have just returned to Iloulton, after an absence of a week. 


during which time I visited Hodgdon, Belfast, Smyrna, and the 
Foxcroft settlement, and preached five sermons. 

The interest of our meetings, I think increases * * * The 
Sabbath that it rained and you went to meeting, only half a day, 
I preached in Limerick, and Bro. Nickerson and his wife came 
from Linneus, thirteen miles, and brought a babe, seven weeks old. 

God blessed that day to one man, who had not spoken of re- 
ligion, or prayed in secret, for thirteen years ; he commenced 
praying in his family, that night. Next Sabbath after, I preached 
at Linneus, with a very full house, had a third service in a school- 
house near Bro. N.'s; he confessed and wept, and four of his 
children did the same. We went from this place to his house, 
and had a prayer meeting, himself and four of his sons prayed. 

We have begun regular prayer meetings at his house, for each 
Tuesday evening. Two persons rose for pravers during the day 

Next Sabbath, I preach, two miles out of the village, in 
Houlton. Last Sabbath, in Belfast, then came back, seven miles, 
to tea ; then three miles further, to an early service, at Foxcroft, 
where I preached, in the house of a Mr. Keen. 

Next Sabbath, which will be the first day of Sept., I shall 
preach, also, in Houlton village, in a new school-house, just fin- 
ished, near the Unitarian Meeting H )use. We have had no place 
here before; hereafter I shall preach half the time, in this placi\ 
so you will know when I preach in Houlton, as it will be once in 
two weeks. I have been here seven vSabbaths, and I liaxe ( nlv 
eight more to stay ; then I do hope to see my dear wife and chil- 
dren again. 

Elder Kendall has been here and called at the places, where I 
have preached ; and he told me that I was very well received, and 
he wanted to engage me to spend the winter here. He sa^ s the 
Society would be glad to appoint me, and that it would l)e l)est to 
remove my family here; but I shall do as my wife and cliiUlren 
think best about it. I want you to attend the ^Vssociation at Ban- 
gor. * * * 

Your sincere and afiectionate husband, 


P. S. Please direct the letter which you will write to the 
Sisters to me, in Houlton; write a whole sheet. There is an in- 


teresting female prayer meeting in Belfast, and in Houlton. 

R. C. S. 

The next letter is from Sister Spaulding to her husband, and 
evidently crossed the preceding one, as it was on its way. The 
letter is a most interesting one, as it gives evidence of the full 
development of the spirit of self-denial and consecration which so 
strongly marked all her subsequent life. It cost something of a 
struggle to turn from a call to Boston to the woods of the North- 

Charleston, Me., Aug. 30, 1S44. 
My Dear Husband : 

Bro. Nickerson has just called to see us, and has given me a few 
moments to write, while he calls upon Mr. Thurston ; and now I 
do not know wliat to say first, my mind is so confused in hearing 
from you so suddenlv. We have lieen looking very anxiously for 
a letter from you, and began to have some fears that vou were 
sick, because no letter came, this week; and when Henry Martyn 
saw Mr. Nickerson ride up to the door he was somewhat alarmed, 
and came running in saying that Mr. Nickerson had come, and he 
was afraid he had come to tell us that Pa was dead ; but we soon 
had our mintls relieved by hearing that you were well when he 
left home. 

W'c liegin now to count tlie weeks witli more courage than we 
did when \ ou went awav. i he children inquired, this morning, 
how many weeks longer P.i ^vould stay. I tokl them he would 
sta}- four weeks after next Wednesday. They thought tliey should 
be glad when thev could count da s instead of weeks. 

Bro. N. thinks vou would cons.'ut to stay four weeks longer, if 
it was thought best. I suppose he meant, if tlie Missionarv Soci- 
et\- would continue to employ you. I am glad to hear that you 
feel so much interest, and encouragement in your labors, but, my 
dear huslxuid, I hope you will not forget the Bost(Ui folks. I am 
afraid thev will feel very badly, if they do not hear from you, at the 
end of three months, as that is the time vou asked them to wait. 

Bro. N. wishes to know if / am willing to go antl live in that 
region. I answer, '•'•\cs, I am willing to go anywhere, if I 

Mr. Thurston's l>ill for last term is paid ; it was just six dollars. 


The fall term* commences next Monday. We are expecting a very 
full school ; there will be no school, at Corinth, before next 
Spring, and quite a number are coming up from there, this Fall. 
Henry Dexter and Gideon Smith called on me last week. They 
came to engage houseroom for Gideon and Lydia Ann, and Oreb 
and Almira Dexter. Bro. Jackson and wife, and Bro. Haines and 
wife, were up, last week, and made me a good visit. 

Bro. N. has just come back, and I must close. O how I want 
to see you ! My heart says, " Come home as soon as you can," 
but my Missionary spirit says, "Stay as long as you agreed to." 

We all join in much love. 

Yours, most affectionately, 


*of the Charleston Academy which, after a long and honorable career, has recently become 
the Higgins Classical Institute, under the control and oversight of Colby University. 

IIoDGDON, Jan. 4, 185^. 
My Very Dear Daughter : 

In my last I told you I was going to Ilodgdon, and would 
write you from there. So here I am, — it is just one week this 
evening since we came here. I am now sitting at the little stand 
by the sitting room fire. Mrs. Bradbury sits at my left hand in 
the large arm chair reading the Maccdojiiaii^ which was 
brought up from the Post Oificc, a little while ago. Dea. Brad- 
bury has gone to the Club meeting this evening, * * * and 
Boardy is capering round in the kitchen with the cat and dog, I 
suppose, bv the noise he is making. 

We are all in usual health and comfortable circumstances. 
Don't you wish vou wfre here with us? We do; but trusting in 
a kind Preserver that v<ni are well we will not murmer because 
you are not with us. Oiu" (Quarterly Meeting commenced Friday 
evening, and, after spending two tlays and evenings in session, 
our meetings were so interesting that we concluded to continue 
them evenings for a while, so we have met every evening since, 
till this evening the Temperance folks occupy the house and we 
have a meeting appointed for tomorrow evening. The church 
members* are considerably revived in tlieir minds, and \\'e think 
there are some indications of a revixal of religion. (), pray for 

*"Thc Calvinist Baptist Church of Ilodgdon and NumbcT 10" was organized on Jan. l."., 
is;?;i, at a meeting of those friendly to such a movement, which was held in the Yellow 
School-house, so-called, the first building for such a purpose erected in the town. It stood 
on the County Road, about three and one-half miles from Houlton village. 

There were present for the services, besides the people of the town. Rev. Elisha Bedell of 
Deer Island, Kev. Gilbert Spurr of Brighton, Rev. Lotbrop Hammond of Prince William, 


US that it may be even so ! We have had no ministers but Pa and 
Mr. Emerson. t Last evening Mr. Emerson preached, and thir- 
teen of the church members spoke after the sermon. 

To-day, Pa has gone to the Lake, where he spends the Sabbath, 
and I stay here to attend the meetings and visit the Hodgdon folks 
a little. I have not been on the hill yet but expect to before I go 
home. We have had very favorable weather and good sleighing 
since our meetings began, bvit it looks now very much like rain. 

We all join together here in wishing you "happy New Year." 
Ever, your atlectionate Mother. 

Dea. J. Foster oi" Douglas, and Bro. Abraham Nuwcomb of Richmond, all of the Province 
of New Brunswick except Mr. Bedell. 

Rev. Mr. Spurr was chosen Moderator, and Rev. Mr. Bedell, Clerk. Fourteen men and 
fifteen women were found ready to unite themselves together in the bonds of church fellow. 
ship. It was voted to proceed with the organization of the church. James Johnson and J. 
N. Foster were chosen Deacons, and Howard P. Towne, Clerk. 

The young- church soon widened its field of activity, and with Rev. E. Bedell as Pastor, 
began to gather in recruits in other towns and plantations. 

During the next spring Columbus Dunn of No. JO experienced religion, and joining the 
church was elected an additional Deacon on May 30, of same year. 

Of the constituent members of this Mother Church of all the Baptist Churches of this 
section only two now survive : Sarah Ann Towne, youngest child of Ebenezer and Mary 
Pettingill Towne, born at Maugerville, N. B., Dec. 5, 181.5; came with her parents to Hodg- 
don in 1S2.'5, and was converted in a revival among the Free Will Baptists, who held meetings 
in the house of Dr. Chesley Drew, in the Spring of 1830; she married Daniel Outhouse 
April 19, 1833, and he died in Ludlow, Me., Oct. 8, 1878; also, Mrs. Rebecca Snow Dunn, 
wife of Columbus Dunn of Number 10. Sister Dunn was born in Orrington, Me., in the 
year 1808, was married in 1827, and moved immediately to their home, now the town of 

She was converted in the meetings held by Mr. Bjdell, in the early part of the winter of 
1834-3.'5, and was baptised by him, with others, in the Eastern p.irt of the town of Hodgdon. 
Dea. Dunn died suddenly in November, 1878. 

Deacon Bradbury, alluded to in the first lines of the letter, was Christopher Columbus 
Bradbury, originally of Limerick, York Co., Me., who with his brother, True Bradbury and 
Jonathan Hayes of the same town bought the legislative Grant made to the Limerick Acade- 
my. This tract became known as New Limerick, and Mr. Spaulding refers to it, at times, 
as merely Limerick. Prior to this purchase Christopher had gone to Prince William, 
York Co., N. B., to work at his trade of v\ rol-carder and cloth-dresser. 

There he married Miss Mary Joscelyn, and they had one child, James Tyler Bradbury, 
subsequently the husband of Annie Spaulding. 

In 1828 he moved to the New Limerick Plantation, and in 1835, with a cousin, Jabez Bi ad- 
bury, he bought the mill privilege in Hodgdon and made that place his home. May 12, 1838, 
Mr. Bradbury and his wife were received to the church, and on May 30, they were baptised 
by Rev. Thomas Murray, at that time. Pastor of the church. Bro. Bradbury was chosen 
and ordained Deacon, Feb. 17, 183!1. 

James Tyler Bradbury was received into the church March 2, 1843, and was chosen Clerk. 

June7, 184fi, wasthe first baptism administered by Bro. Spaulding. Aug. 29, of same 
year, Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding joined the Hodgdon Church. 

Aug. 17, 18.i7, Dea. Bradbury and his wife were dismissed to join thj Baptist Church in 
Wutcrville, where they had gone to live with thtir son. 

fMr. Emerson was a Congregational Mi li-iter, who li>'ed at Spring. ield, Penobs oc Co , 
.ajj.d was on a visit to his friends in Houllon and Hodgdon. 


HouLTON, Feb. i, 1855. 
My Dearest Daughter : 

We received your letter, Tuesday evening, requesting us to send 
your book of Sketches. We took it from the Post Office as we 
returned from Limerick, where we had been four days. Pa 
preached there, last Sabbath, in the day time, and out to Mr. 
Berry's in the evening. We spent the night there, and the next 
morning, Mr. Berry invited us in to his store and gave me a nice 
calico dress-pattern, (I wish you could run home and make, it for 
me) and a capital pair of shoes, and some other things. We vis- 
ited all da} , Monday and Tuesday, in Limerick, and I was so tired 
when we got home that I had to rest all day yesterday — that is, I 
could'nt do anything but m\- housework. I wanted to write to 
you and send xour bot)k tliis morning, but I had'nt courage enough 
to touch a pen. To-day I have done a large zvash^ and feel better 
this evening, so I will try and get a short letter ready to mail for 
you to-morrow evening with the book. 

We rejoice that \()ur health continues good, and we hope it will 
l)e so that ^■()u can stay and take lessons another term ; tell us all 
about it when you write again.* Hannah and Angelia are mak- 
ing all preparations to go to Aul)urndale ; they expect to go in a 
fortnight, I believe. Perhaps they will call on you. Clara Inger- 
sol is spending her vacation with her Aunt Louisa in Dorchester. 

Boardy stayed with Mrs. Pierce while we were gone to Limerick ; 
she will not let him go away if she can help it. He carried his 
melodeon in there and played for them, a number of times, each 
day, and they carried it up to the Meeting House, Sunday, and he 
played for them, in the forenoon and afternoon. Mrs. Pierce told 
me that he played beautihilly, and they sung so well that she felt 
peilcctly satisi.ed. Mrs. Ingersol called upon us yesterday, — she 
.said tlie melodeon sounded so sweetly that it made her cry. * * * 

Do you know this is my birthday? Yes, I have lived in this 
world fifty-four years. It is but a short space of time, and yet it 
seems a great while to me. Long before the same numlter of 

*The letters of this chapter are all by Mrs. Spauldinf? to her daughter, Ann Judson, who 
luul ajone to Waterviile to study music. In November she returned home, and was married 
;it her Father's house. Thence forward she assisted her husband in the Waterviile Academy, 
and again at West Liberty, West ^"irginia, for the greater part of the time, until her hus- 
band's death. 

Soon after her marriage Mrs. Bradbury took her younger brother, Boardman Carey, to 
Waterviile, and cared for him till he passed through the Academy and was titled for College. 


years rolls on I shall be far away in the spirit zvorld. And what 
will be my destiny? 

" When Thou, my Righteous Judge, shall come, 
To take Thy ransome people home. 
Shall I among them stand?" 

It is just ten years, to-day, since we came to Houlton to live. 
Then you were just as old as Boardy now is. How quickly it has 
passed away, and how many changes have taken place in that time ! 

I must close for I have got to write to Mrs. Clark, Editor of the 
Mother's Journal^ this evening, and the clock is just striking ten, 
now — so good-night, my precious child. May you "abide under 
the shadow of the Almighty" is the prayer of 

Your aflectionate Mother. 

HoDGDON, Feb. I, 1S56. 
My Dearest Daughter : 

You will see by 1113- date that I am again in Hodgdon. Yes, I 
am sitting here, in your Hodgdon home, with the little light stand 
drawn up by the fire, and no one else present but your Mother 
Bradbury who sits in the rocking chair before the fire reclining 
her head on her hand while I am writing. Pa has gone to Orient 
to spend the Sabbath, and your Father Bradbury has gone in to 
Bro. Outhouse's* to see poor old Mr. Towncf who lies very low, 
and will soon probably leave the shores of time for the boundless 
ocean of eternity. 

Have you thought, dear Annie, that this is your Mother's birth- 

*Daniel Outhouse was born in New Brunswick, and came with his parents, at twenty 
years of age, to Hodgdon. His Father, John Outhouse, bought land in the South half of 
the town, which subsequently came in to Daniel's possession, and remained his home till 
his death in 1878. 

He experienced religion and was baptised soon after the coming to Hodirdon, having no 
thought at the time to be other than a farmer. Eventually he felt that he was called to preiich 
the gospel, and had a hard struggle to reconcile himself and his wife both to the conviction 
of duty. At length light came and he was ordained at Hodgdon, March 4, 1841. He served 
that Church as Pastor for one year, then went to I.ubec, Washington Co., where he labored 
nine years. At the close of that service he came back to his Hodgdon home, and became an 
itinerant preacher in this County and the Province. He was an earnest, selfdenyinjf, suc- 
cessful preacher of the gospel, univfersally liked, an.l respect.'d everywhere hj wjnt he wis 
a tower of strength in all the communities. He was a modest, unassuming man, and declined 
to become connected with the Missionary Board, on the ground that he was not worthy of 
such a position. But he was a sterling man, a safe counsellor; and for the forty-five years 
of his Christian living among our people his name was the synonym for all that makes up a 
robust, consecrated Christian manliness. He was stricken with the fatal disease on Sunday 
he was on the road to his appointment in Ludlow, was carried into a house 
died there on the next Tuesday. 
Ebene/.er Towne was one of the Second P'ive Settlers of Hodgdon. H 

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day? Only think! I am fifty-five years old. Just eleven years 
ago, to-day, we moved into Iloulton village ; you were then a 
little girl eleven years old. * * * Now, you are a married 
woman, and have left your childhood home, and with your own 
chosen friend have gone to make another happy home for your- 
selves. O, may 

" Heavenly blessiiig-s, without number, 
Gently fall upon your heads!" 

We came to Hodgdon, last Sabbath morning, and I have not 
been home since. Pa went down, Tuesday, on business, and re- 
tinned Wednesday. We went up to Bro. Foster's Monday, and I 
stopped up on the Hill till Thursday evening, when we came 
down to meeting. Pa preached in Houlton Tuesday evening, and 
on W^estford Hill Wednesday eve, and in the Meeting House 
Thursdav evening, so von see his health must be prettv good or he 
could not tlo it. I liavc been about with liim nearly all the time 
since v(ni went away, and he felt quite lonely to go ofi", alone, 
(k:)wn to the Lake but I was too tired to go with him. My health 
is very good, this winter, but I fiiul it rather too hard to go all the 
time as poor Pa has to. I had a very good visit on the Hill, spent 
one whole da\ at Mr. Adams's. He remains about the same as 
he has been, lor months past, can only get up to have his bed 
made. * * * { couul not ihiish my letter last evening, antl 
liave just set myself down to ihiish it and to write one to my dear 
Boartlie, but Charles 'I arbell l;as just ridden up, and I have re- 
quested him to wait a few moments till I close, so that he can take 
it to the Post Ofiice for me, as it storms this morning, and I fear 
that 1 shall not have another chance to send it, to-day, if I miss 
this one. Mis. Whitney lies there just as she did a year ago. 
The\ all send love to \()U. I cannot keep Charlie waiting so I 
shall haye to close. Tell Poardie not to be disappointed, I vyill 
write him first, next time. Kiss him hard for his Mother, and tell 
iiim I am happ\ to tliink he is learning so well. 

As ever, your ailectionate Mother. 

born ill Topsfield, Essex Co., Mass , June -IH, 1773. His wife Mary PettingiU was born in 
Bridtfewater, Plymouth Co , Mass., May 13, 1774. 

He got his title i.i the old militia strvic , and moved his family to the Province of New 
Brunswick in 181 '. His trade was that of a mill wiight and carpenter. In 1S2.'J he came to 
Hodgdon, and built the house on the lot of Joseph Kendall, a settlor of the First Five. He 
soon built a house on his own lot near by, and livid there till his liter years. His oldest 
son, Howard P., was the first ckrk of the Hodgdon Church, and his youngest daughter was 
the wife- of Rev. D. Outhouse, at whose house he was si.k, and he died. I-Vb. •_>•.'. l.-.-^C. 


HouLTON, May i, 1S56. 
My Beloved Daughter : 

We have just returned from Hodgdon (after sunset) where we 
have been ahTiost two weeks. 

We sent down last week and got our mail — a letter from you 
and Boardy — and to-night we called at the P. O. as we came 
along and found a letter from you and also one from Henry. O 
how good it is to hear from all our loved ones at once. * * * 

I shall not have time, dear Annie, to answer any of your letter 
this evening, but cannot think of going to bed till I have told you 
what we have been doing at Hodgdon to-day. We have had the 
pleasantest "May Day" that I ever enjoyed. A number of men 
and boys met at the meeting house,* this foi-enoon, and built a 
very pretty fence around the land belongmg to the house, which 
you know is quite a large piece. About one o'clock they were 
joined by quite a company of females, old and young, with three 
or four wagon loads of trees of different kinds, and rose bushes 
and some other shrubbery, and we have all been at work as busy 
and cheerful as bees, setting them out, all the afternoon. It 
seemed like magic wdien wc closcil, about five, to look at our 
work and see what a change had taken place since morning. 

The trees are all put out for different individuals, some were set 
out for departed friends and some for absent ones. You and 
James and Boardy have each a beauty ; yours stands next to mine, 
and Pa's and James's stands right opposite, Boardy's stands next to 
yours, and your father and mother Bradbury's stand together not 
far from ours. It was delightful to see each one claiming their 
tree, and pointing out those they had set for absent frientls. Od- 

*At a business meeting of the Hodgdon Church, held July 8, 1841, Dea. Bradbury was 
chosen Moderator. On motion it was voted to build a Meeting House, twenty-six by forty- 
two leet, with posts twelve feet in height. Deas. Bradbury and Jno. White with H. P. 
Towne were chosen a Building Committee. 

The work of construction went forward slowly, for the means at command were not 
very abundant, and after a year and a half occurs this entry on the records, "Jan. 7, 184.i, 
met for the first time in the new Meeting House." 

The house was finished on the outside, as shown in the engraving, but no work at all had 
been done on the inside except to lay a rough floor, and put up planks on blocks of wood 

No more was accomplished until after the arrival of Mr. Spaulding and family, and 
through their successful cflForts and intercessions the work was brought down to the point 
of completion to which Mrs. Spaulding makes allusion in this same letter. 

Until the completion of the Houlton Meeting House in 1867 this building was the only 
distinctive Baptist House in the County. In Linneus the Baptists had a third interest in a 
Union House l"or some years after 18(i(). 


ber Foster and Zemro Smith and Charley Whitney assisted Pa 
(or did the most) in setting out yours and mine and Boai^dy's. 

The outside of the meeting house is painted over again, and the 
inside is ahnost done. I wish you could see it. It looks really 
neat. The females of our society are deeply interested in making 
a carpet for it. I have been helping them spin and double and 
twist the warp, and we are going to have the filling made of nicely 
cut rags. We expect it will be a very pretty one, and then it will 
be our own manufacture, which will add to the interest of it, — 
especially as we have no money to purchase one. 

Pa wishes me to ask you if you have in your library "Aids to 
Devotion," containing Dr. Watts' and Bickersteith's Guide to 
Prayer, etc., and another book, " Heart Treasures, or the Furniture 
of a Holy Soul," by Rev. Oliver Heywood. He has just got 
some new books,* and if these two are not in your library he 
wants to send them to you in the box. 

We are so happy to think our dear little boy is doing so well in 
his music and studies, and is a help and comfort to you. 

Do kiss him very hard for his father and mother. I can't stop 
now to sa\ nn\- more al)out ai/y thing, but will send nou another 
letter l>y Monday's mail. 

In much love to all, I remain, 

^'our own atlectionate Mother. 

HouLTON, June 23, 1S56. 
Mv Deaukst Dai'Ghter : 

We had a good conference Saturday, and an interesting Sabbath 
at Hodgdon, and returned last evening so as to wash to-day and 

*One of the most important services which Bro. Spaulding rendered to the people of this 
section, and the full value of which is above estimation, was constant attention to the work 
of cii'culuting; ^ooA. reading in the families wherever he went. 

As we call back to mind the familiar forms of the beloved man and his wife, in the little 
Concord wagon in summer, in the old fashioned blue sleigh in the winter, both drawn with 
becoming gravity by "Old Billy," for it did not seem possible that the little gray horse 
could ever have been young, we remember the small trunk which was constantly with them. 
Fiom this he drew books for young and old. That trunk was an exhaustless fountain of 
intLlLctual and moral nourishment for almost a generation of people. Nothing like a 
book-store was kept here till twenty years after he began to work. Over all this region, in 
hamlet and lonely-cabin in the woods, the tracts. Bibles, and devotional, historical and 
biographical books out of ihis wonderful trunk were spread with a generous hand. It was 
not for the money returned that the work was done. His own craving for mental food, and 
the widespread needs of the people prompted the faithful and assiduous devotion to this 
br.inchof work. 

Thousands of dollars' worth of the b-st of books were put out by him in the years of his 


g'et rcadv to start, earlv to-morrow morning, for Presque Isle. Pa 
lias a lecture appointed for to-morrow afternoon about twenty 
miles from here on the \va}-. Mrs. Claik has l)een washing for 
me, and we have had a real party from Hodgdon liesidcs, and a 
ver\ sociable and agreeable visit. 

We went up on Westford Hill, last Friday, and called all round 
among the folks and spent the night at I>ro. Foster's. 

Mr. Adams continues to lie upon his bed of languishing yet. 
All the folks on the Hill send more love to you than I can put in 
this letter. I don't think of an\ more Hodgdon news, and I 
hardly know what is going on in Hoult. n. Eliphalet Ward died 
and was buried last week. I wish 1 was not so tired, I would 
write to mv dear little boy, but V\c had a great deal to tlo since 
mv company \vent away l)etween four and five o'clock, and I can 
hardly hold my head up. Tell him 1 thank him for his large pile 
of loye, and hope it will grow /(?';;.;,'vv- inst.-ad of .s-w7/Av. 1 must 
now say good-night and retire, so that I can rise earh' in the 
morning and fix oft again. 

Be assured, dear children, nou are all remembered daih , in the 
prayers of your aftectionate. 

Father and Mother. 

Hori,TO\, July 9, 1856. 
Bei.o\'ed Children : 

The long looked for miniatures came tliis afternoon. Pa went to 
the Post Office just before tea time and returned in a few minutes 
with the precious package. We gazetl upon your likcr.esses with 
joyful hearts and tearful eyes for a long, long time. They look 
perfectly natiu'al and we ca/////>/ tell how glad we are to get 
them. * * * 

It was a week last evening since we returned from Presque 
Isle. We stayed at home the next week, but were too tired to 
write, and we had tnough to ilobesidtsto keep us quite busy, and 
the next i/aw Thmsda\ , we went down to the Henderson neigh- 
borhood, where Pa had a lecture ap]:)ointed. We had an interest- 
ing meeting and returned home about dark, when Augusta Prince 
came in and told us that poor little Tonnn\ Plancliard was dead, 
and that Mrs. B. had sent up for Pa to perform the funeral services 
on Saturday afternoon. It was our (Quarterly Meeting at Hodg- 
(lf)n, vSaturday. So we went up Frida\ . and attended the forenoon 


mcetins^ vSaturday, then came down and attended the funeral, went 
back again that night, and had a very good meeting Sunday. 

We came home I'rom Hodgdon, early Monday morning, and 
went right up into the Niles neighborhood, where old Mr. Oakes 
lives, and spent the da}- in calling upon all the families there ; 
and when we came home we found a man waiting to see Pa to get 
him to go to Hodgdon the next day to officiate at Mrs. Pollard's 
funeral. So we went to Hodgdon again yesterday, and returned 
last evening, and to-day, I have been making me a cap and getting 
ready to start early in the morning to go over to Woodstock to see 
Uncle Joseph's folks. W"e must return to-morrow night, and go 
to the Lake Friday. So you see how we fly around, and you can 
imagine how much time I have to write. I could'nt begin this till 
nearly nine o'clock, and now it is alniost ten, and I must get up 
at fo/ir^ to-m )rro\v morning. * * * We send abundance of 
love to each and all of }(>u. 

Your affectionate Mother. 


HouLTON, April S, 1S62. 
My Very Dear Daughter : 

Your welcome letter came to us this cveuing, and its contents 
would have surprised us very much if we had'nt been apprised 
sooner by Henry of your intentions of going back to West 
Liberty.* Perhaps we may go some dav to visit you in your 
distant home. We should be happy, indeed, to do so, if our 
Heavenly P^ather should see fit to bless us with Jiealth^ stroigth, 
and means sufficient for so great a journey : but if tliis privelege 
is denied us, we have the hope, the glorious hope of meeting in 
the Heavenly Home, to be separated no more forever. 

Pa's face is almost well and his health is tolerably good, but he 
has not regained his strength ; he finds his arduous duties very 
tiresome, yet we trust he will be gaining in strength and energy. 
We know, however, that our youthful vigor has passed away and 
that old age is creeping on : still we hope to live and labor, a little 
longer, in God's blessed vineyard, for we long to see many souls 
gathered into the fold of the great and good Sliepherd before we 
go hence to be no more. We had a letter from dear Boardman 
last week telling us of his safe arrival at Fort Prelile. 

Now, dear Annie, don't you grieve at all about us. If we were 
sitting down here, in our desolate home, and mourning over our 
loneliness you would have some reason to be unhappy about us; 
but that is not the case. We go from place to place about our 
missionarv labors just as cheerfidlv as we e\er did, and when we 

se letters Mr. James T. Bradbury w iih his f:.mily and his parents was 
ty, West Virginia. They moved there in 1S51), and he was Principal of 


come home we call at the Post Office and most always find a letter 
or tw^o from dear children or other friends : and then our home 
is so comfortable we have every thing that heart could wish, and 
sweet books to read besides the precious Bible. So when we can 
have a few days at home we find it a place of rest and sweet re- 
freshment to both body and mind. Our good old Zion's Advo- 
cate comes every week to cheer us, and also the N'ew Tork 
Chro7iicle^ a good religious paper. Dr. Watson of Bangor or- 
dered it sent to us and kindly pays for it himself. 

As long as we are able to labor in the vineyard and are as com- 
fortably situated as we are we shall feel it our duty to remain at 
our post. * * * The Christian people of our village are hold- 
ing a union protracted meeting, every afternoon and evening. 
They commenced more than a week ago. Pa has attended them 
all except on the Sabbath when he had to be away, and I have at- 
tended all I could, but I do not go much, evenings, I get so tired. 
To-morrow is our State Fast and we have our meeting appointed 
at the Gilkey neighborhood, and we have promised to spend the 
night there. 

The people want to do something for us, as Pa preaches there 
on the Sabbath, once in four weeks : so they have proposed a 
donation visit for us at Mr. Bray's. * * * J -^111 add a line 
about the donation after it is over. 

Friday^ P. M. We had a good meeting at Mr. Bray's yester- 
day, and the people all seemed very kind. They brought in what 
they could, but it is a poor time with them this Spring, and they 
were not able to do much, and we were not expecting them to. 
But one brought a bunch of stocking yarn, another a pair of stock- 
ings for me and a pair for Pa; another a piece of good home- 
made flannel to make me a skirt. Others brought some potatoes 
and oats, or buckwheat meal, meat, butter, etc. This forenoon 
Mr. Daniel Bray came and brought it up with his double team and 
a good lot of beautiful straw to fill my beds. The things are such 
as we needed and will be a great help to us, so we are not lacking 
any good thing. When I see Angelia and Clara I will do your 
errand to them. 

Millie will find another little picture, and tell him that grand- 
pa's and grandma's love comes with it to him, also to little Jimmie 
and vourself. Your loving Mother. 


HouLTON, March 9, 1S63. 
Dearest Daughter : 

We got your letter of the ist of Feb., and I believe I answered 
it the same evening, while we were at Thomas Bradbury's ; so 
I suppose it has reached you before this time. I think I told you 
in that that Boardman has gone South to join his regiment. We 
got a letter from him, last Thursday, dated "Camp near Fal- 
mouth, Va., Feb. 24th." He says it is about three milesfrom Fred- 
ericksburg. He says "I am well, but rather tired, as I have no 
tent, and am obliged to carry logs for mv hut, about one and one- 
half miles, on my back ; also my wood for a fire." 

Dear Boy! it is quite doubtful if we ever see him again in this 
world. Qiiite a ninnl)er of young men who went into the army 
from this \\a\ will never return, having died of sickness, or been 
killed in battle, but we do not despair of seeing our dear boy 
again. We give him up entirely to the providence of God, know- 
ing that whatever He does with him w ill be right. * * * . 1 
have the palpitation of the heart, occasionally, and presume I 
always shall, wliile I live, l)ut you know 1 liave got so used to it 
that 1 don't mind it much. AJy health lias l)een very good since 1 
got over my illness, the first of the winter, but Fa and I both, get 
tiretl very easily, whicli we nuist expect at our age. \'ou may 
know that I am well. /r^-(/(n', as 1 Ikuc done my washing, (true 
it was not very large) and washed my fioors, and shall ha\ e three 
letters read\ lor the mail in the morning, besides doing my liouse- 
work, and had a gentleman to tea in the bargain. Our meeting, 
yesterdaw was in Houlton, in the Niles and Bray Districts, so we 
were at home last night, and w hen we are I can have the privilege 
of washing, A/ondav. Last Sunday, helbre yesterday, we had 
our Qiiarterly Meeting at Hotlgdcai, commencing the Friday pre- 
vious. Oiu^ meetings were all \ ^in interesting, and tlie blessing 
of God atteniled them. They have I ad meetings every evening 
since. Bro. Mavo* sent down to-night, for Pa to go up again and 

*Kev. L onanl Mayo with his family came from I.incolnville, Waldo Co., to Aroostook Co. 
in the summer of Isri". This movement on his part was suggested to him by Rev. Chas. G. 
Porter of Bangor, who had been up to Patten, and setlkments in the Western part of this 
Co. Qiiite a revival had begun, and Bro. Mayo was looked to to carry on the work in that 

Wlun P>ro. Sjiaulding heard of the matter he wrote Bro. Mayo at once, suggesting that he 
come to lIo(li;iloii as a more promising held. This letter by some means miscarritd and 
Bro. Mayo firsl went lo Sherman, but in December ISCO he decided to lemove to Hodgdon, 


help him, so I think we shall go, Wednesday, if we are well. 

We are hoping to form a little Baptist Church here in Houlton, 
this Spring.* If we succeed I will write you about it. * * * 
I must say good night, with ever so much love from us both to 
you all. 

Your ever aftectionate Father and Mother. 

Conclusion of the letter to Mrs. Geo. W. Jones of March 17, 

Yestcrtlav we went thirteen miles up on the Aroostook road to 
\isit a dear. Christian sister, who is fading away with consump- 
tion : she had sent for us, two or three tiiues, and we were very 

new comers more heartily than Bro. and Sister Spaulding. The Hodgdon Church gave a 
donation soon after Bro. Mayo's arrival, and at that gathering they first met. The Baptist 
cause was very much strengthened by this new arrangement. The field had outgrown the 
possibility of being cared for longer by so limited a ministerial force. 

The revival alluded to in this letter was the first of many tliat have constantly attended 
upon Bro. Mayo's ministry. The ministers present were Uros. Mayo, Spaulding and a 
licentiate, Bro. Peter McLeod. ' The meetings continued about three weeks, and fifteen or 
twenty persons were baptised and joined the church, and among them were the two oldest 
children of Bro. Mayo. 

Bro. Mayo has continued to live in the same home, wliere tluy first settled wlien coming 
to Hodgdon. He has had a long and useful career as a I'astor in all the towns in this part 
of the County, and supplemented the work of Bro. SpauUliug in a most successful manner. 

His six children all experienced religion in the Hod-don meetings, and are doing useful 
work in their several places of abode, to-day. 

The Baptist Denomination has been most signally blessed by the life work and example 
of three such men as Bros. Outhouse, Spaulding and Mayo, who have lived so long in these 

*A Baptist Church existed " only in name," as Bro. .Spaulding wrote to his wife when he 
first came into the County, so far as Houlton was concerned. An attempt had been made, 
a few years before, by a few persons, to withdraw from Hodgdon, and make a separate or- 
ganization for Houlton, but the movement was not endorsed by some of the best members 
living in the place, and consequently the undertaking soon failed. 

No further effort looking to a new cent.e at Houlton was undertaken until the -Spring of 

A sufficient number of new comers were ready to rally to the support of a Baptist Church, 
and it was found ihat thirteen persons could be enrolled ;is the constituent membership. 

Eight members of the Hodgdon petitioned for dismission to form the new body, 
and for a council to recognize themselves and associates :is the new Church. The church in 
Einneus was invited to join by its delegates. 

In accovd.mce with these requests a Council met in the front room of Bro. Spaulding's 
house on the afternoon of March -i.i, and organized with choice of Rev. L. Mayo as Moder- 
ator, and Dea. Charles Ti.rbell, Clerk. Rev. Daniel Oulhou.-e was present, and was invited 
to sit in the Council. 

Rev. 11. C. Spaulding and wife presented the Claims of the petitioners and after considera- 
tion the Council voted to proceed with services of recognition of them as the First Baptist 
Chuich of Houlton. The services were— Singing, Reading of Articles of Faith by Bro. 
Outhouse, Singing, Pra)'er by Bro. Outhouse, Address and Right Hand of Fellowship by 
the Moderator to Rev. R. C. Spaulding for the new Church. 

Francis Barnes was then chosen Cierk and Deacon of the Church, af.eiwliioh the Council 


glad to get a convenient day to go. We found her in a very com- 
fortable and reconciled, frame of mind, and so grateful for our 
visit that we felt truly paid for the tedious ride, the roads being 
very rough at the present time. To-morrow morning we must 
start oft' in an opposite direction and travel thirteen miles, South, 
on the Calais road, to attend our regular monthly appointments at 
No. II, R. I, and Amity. A conference to-morrow afternoon at 
No. II, and one on Sat. afternoon at Amity. Sabbath morning 
our meeting is at Amity, and in the afternoon at No. ii, about 
five miles apart. Monday we hope to come home again, if noth- 
ing in Providence prevents. There are three or four sick ones 
now, in different towns (one of them twenty-five miles from here) 
that we expect, every day, to be called upon to attend the funeral 
of one or the other. * * * 

You and your husband are situated as we are in regard to our 
children^ left all alone. The places that our dear ones used to oc- 
cupy in our own home, all so desolate now, but when we hear 
that any of them are sick or in trouble of any kind we feel it, — it 
is our trouble, but blessed be God ! He does not leave us to bear 
our troubles alone. He sustains us and grants us His supporting 
and comforting grace. * * * 

Henry Martyn belongs to the ist Regt. Ohio Vol. Heavy Artil- 
lery. They have been stationed at Covington, Ky., but were 
ordered to Knoxville, and are probablv there by this time. Board- 
man was at Fort Preble in Portland for some time this winter, but 
has been sent to Buflalo, N. Y., on recruiting service : how long 
he will stay there we do not know. 

We hope you will continue to pray for us, dear Brother and 
Sister Jones, and may God ever bless and prosper you and yours 
is the sincere prayer of your affectionate 

Brother and Sister Spaulding. 

HouLTON, Oct. 13, 1S65. 
Dear Bro. and Sister Bradbitry : 

You have no doubt been looking for a letter from us telling you 
about our Qiiarterly Meeting, as we promised in our last letter to 
Annie that w^e would do so. This is the first opportunity we liave 
had since our meeting closed to fulfil our promise, and no-iv we 
shall have to be brief as possilile. because we must go to Beliast, 
this afternoon. 


Well, ill the first place, on the morning our meeting began, our 
good sister, Mary Whitney, came down from Hodgdon to stop 
with us during the meetings so that she could have a good chance 
to attend them. That afternoon (Friday) the minister's meeting 
was at our house, and in the evening the introductory sermon was 
preached by Bro. Besse of Presque Isle, from John i6 : 7. Sat- 
urday morning, met at 10 o'clock. Sermon by Bro. Rigby of 
Fort Fairfield, text Isaiah 45 : 22. At the close, attended to the 
business of the Qiiarterly Meeting. In the evening a sermon by 
Bro. Powell of Topsfield. Text ist John 3 : 23. Sabbath 
morning, met at nine o'clock for prayer. Sermon at half past ten 
by Bro. Besse, from Matt. 1 1 : 28-30, then collection was taken 
for Domestic Missions amounting to nine dollars. 

In the afternoon, sermon by Bro. Mayo from ist Samuel 30 : 6. 
Evening, a prayer meeting one hour, and then preaching by Bro. 
Rigby, text. Numbers 10: 29. 

We occupied the Cong. Meeting House and our meetings were 
all interesting and we hope profitable. The churches were pretty 
well represented and we had quite a good attendance. Our next 
Q. M. will meet with the Bap. Church at Presque Isle, on Sat. 
bef(n-e the 3d Sunday in Dec. « * * 

We have a meeting once in four weeks, on the Sabbath, at 
Littleton, and next week we expeft a baptism there, a Mrs. Briggs. 
She is an interesting Christian, and a good wife and mother, has a 
very pleasant family. Our little church here in Houlton is gradu- 
ally increasing : we have the conference once in fovn- weeks here 
at our house, and we have a prayer meeting every Friday evening 
at the Cong, vestry. The female prayer meeting comes on each 
W^ednesday afternoon. 

We have not commenced the work of building our Meeting 
House vet, but hope to be able to make a beginning next Spring. 

I must now close as it is time to get ready to go to Belfast. O, 
may vt)u daily enjoy the comforts of the precious promises, and 
feel an assurance that you are growing fit for the blessed and 
glorious mansions above ! We think of you, every day, and 
pra\ for you, and hope to meet vou, b\- and bv. and spentl a 
whole eternity together. 

With much 1()\ e we remain \ our afi'ectionate Bro. and Sister, 



It is a matter of regret that the story of the crowning work of 
their lives, the building of the Houlton Meeting House, cannot be 
told in the graphic words of Mrs. Spaulding ; but the most careful 
inquiry has failed to bring to light any letters of that interesting 
period. Doubtless some were written, though various circvun- 
stances tended to hinder as full a measure of correspondence as 
she had carried on before. 

On the one hand Mrs. Bradbury was preparing to leave Virginia, 
and return home again, and also the arduous labors, with exposures 
in the past twenty years, were beginning to tell upon them both, 
but to a greater degree upon Mr. Spaulding than upon his wife. 

This made additional care and labor for her in order that they 
might still keep all their appointments, and, again, the extra strain 
upon them to carry out what they had undertaken for the Houlton 
Church so absorbed her energies, that she could not write, from 
the physical inability to keep up the incessant work. 

As soon as a church organization became a fact in Houlton the 
need of a house of worship was most apparent, and they set about 
devising the adequate method to meet that need. 

The}' took Council together, but chose to say nothing in pulilic 
about it. After much of deliberation and prayer thev formed their 
plans and went down to the meetings of the Penobscot Association, 
in September, 1863, to make a begitming in the way of soliciting 

After the meetings they went in to Bangor and visited Mr. Gid- 
dings* and his family for a few days. While there Mrs. Spauld- 
ing opened up to him the subject which lay so closely to their 
hearts, and plead for help. He lieard the story with attention, 
thought carefully upon it, consulted with a few of the brethren, 
some of whom had a personal knowledge of the situation, and as 
the result, before thev left Bangor, the sum of $4^0.00 was paiil 

*\Vliile Miss Jtrusha Bryant t:iuj<ht in the Sunday and wetk day schools in Bangor a littk- 
hoy, Moses Giddings, was one- of her pupils. 

Bftwten teacher and scholar, thi re grew up a mutual esteem and regard. The lad eaily 
gave to his tiaclier good evidence that a work of converting grr.ce had been wrought upon 
him, anil when he was but eleven years of age she declared him worthy to be received by the 

was older, to tlie great disappointment of them both. 

Change of place and condition of life did not interrupt their well grounded friend.-hip, 
which, in its steady continuance and ab.undant fruits, was as hononible to the gifted, mis 
sionary wife and the successful business man as it has been conducive to the present .success 
of the cause in this section. 



by the four men, Arad Thompson, J. C. White, Chapin Hum- 
phrey, and Moses Giddings toward the building of the house. 

As soon as they reached home they came out to see me, and 
with delight yet with most serious purpose told the story of their 
success. "Now we can have a-^ meeting house. Now we must 
get about the work just as soon as possible." 

I was surprised at what they had accomplished, but the more so 
at the unfolding of their absolute, unquestioning faith in the 
speedy accomplishment of what they longed for. The hour had 
come, the instruments had been raised up, and there was money 
enough to begin with. 

In the month of February following, the lot of land was bought 
lor $250.00, and the balance was deposited in Bangor. Despite 
the earnest fiiith of the good man and his wife the prospect, to or- 
dinary persons, for immediate success in the entei-prise was not 
very promising. The church was small in numbers, weak in 
a money point of ^iew, and had no large body of sympathizers in 
the community. 

A whole year went by without further opportunity for progress, 
and their only encouragement rested in their unwavering confidence 
of ultimate success. In March, iS6^, a small brow of choice 
lumber, at No. 11, was bought at a fair price with the balance of 
the money on hand. 

These logs were driven to the Hodgdon millpond, and remained 
there till the next Fall. The door to further advancement did not 
open. It did not seem expedient to seek further aid until the 
word had come to go forward at Iloulton. Bro. vSpaulding and 
his wife were narrowed up to prayer and waiting, for month after 

As wc now recall those days, the manner of life of that godly 
couple, in their home, comes back most forcibly to view. The 
conference meetings and all the more formal interviews were held 
in the front room, but the closet of prayer in that house, really, 
was the kitchen, in its spotless concliticMi of neatness and exact 

.:V person might call many times and think that nothing was ever 
moved out of place in that room. The talilc always stood between 
tlie window s with a chair at each end, the istove was opposite, 
well l)ack in tlie old fashioned fireplace, and two or three other 
chairs for callers were near bv. 


They invariably sat in the same places, he to rest his right arm 
on the table, and she her left, as they talked, counselled and ad- 
vised with their visitors. Here was the seat of the wonderous 
power which worked through them. No one who entered that 
closet of devotion bnt felt its influence upon them. Would that 
the faithful camera could reproduce that scene ! 

It was my privilege and duty to enter that inner shrine, many 
times, under all kinds of conditions of church exigencies, and in- 
^'ariable the accompaniment on their part was earnest praver on 
bended knee. 

In the winter of 1S65-66 an aftectual door for advancement was 
opened, and to the inexpressible satisfaction of these watchmen 
on the walls we all felt that the word had come, "•Go forward." 

When the design for the house had been settled upon the esti- 
mated cost of the structure exceeded the \alue of unincumbered 
property which was in the possession of the members of the 

The contracts were let for the various parts of the work earlv 
in the season of 1S66. Fledges of aid had been obtained in Ban- 
gor, Portland, and other places. While the work of construction 
went on from week to week, prayer and planning about ways and 
means went on in that closet kitchen. On one occasion, as I 
called there, Mrs. Spaulding said to me, "We will get all the 
shingles you will need without the use of any money." They 
went to their friends in the Niles neighborhood and vicinity, and 
coaxed and urged the men there to help to that extent. Such 
pleading could not be withstood, and right in the month of June 
the brethren and their friends went into the swamps, and cut and 
carried out on their shoulders the liolts of cedar which they then 
made into the shingles. 

By such eflbrts the roof was covered, and so well that the same 
shingles are doing dutv on that roof to-day. 

The Fourtli of July l^rought the severest test <,f faith and works 
whicli was met with in that year. The two Portland churclies 
had subscribed liberally in our aid, and payments from them were 
relied upon to meet the mitlsunnner bills of wages and supplies. 
The great tire which so cruelly ravaged that city, on that day, 
destrovcd the possibility of a single dollar reaching us from the 


P^irst Church, and a feeling of bhuik dismay settled down upon all 
of us except two. 

Utterly at my wits ends to devise a method of extrication for us, 
and fearing a complete stoppage of the work, I went almost in- 
stinctively up the street to call at that little inner room. While I 
could well know there was not money in any amoimt, there, vet 
the way of relief would he devised by them if it were to come at 
all. Bro. Spaulding and his wife were sitting in their accustomed 
seats when I entered the room, and they told me they had btjen 
praying for the needed wisdom to guide them aright in this crisis. 

After we had talked over the situation in all its bearings they 
said with earnestness and with the most complete self-abnegation, 
"• The work on the Meeting House must not stop. We will mort- 
gage our house, and give you the monev to pay the men." 

It seemed best to let the brethren in Bangor kncnv what they 
purposed to do, and they sent word back immediate}} not t<j allow- 
that home to be mortgaged, and they would find a way to keep 
the work along. 

After that experience it was a needless thing to question the ul- 
timate issue of the undertaking. As the work neared completion 
the pressure for means followed hard after us. We had enough 
to go on with, but nothing in advance. It became a scricnis ques- 
tion how to provide for the purchase of the pulpit furniture. But 
Mrs. Spaulding was ready for the emergency. 

•'\\'e women will find that furniture," and when needed the 
pieces were all in place and paid for. The pulpit Bible was a 
gift from a sister of Mrs. Spaulding. 

With a pulpit prepared, who should occupy it, was a question 
which was not lost sight of. Mr. Spaulding had said, '' It is not 
m\ pl;;ce and I shall not go into it." His was the place of the 
foreiunncr. and his pra\er was, day by day, " Se-nd us a man of 
'1 hine <iwn choosing, O Lord." The prayer was answered in a 
manner we did not look for. Rev. Chas. G. Porter had been the 
l)el(>\ed and successful ]xistor of the Second Baptist Chufth in 
Bangor for more than tweiitv vears, when his health began to fail, 
and it seemed to all appearance that his days of active labor were 
al)out over. He resigned his charge, another man stepped into 
that place and it was very uncertain whether he would take up 
work again. The Penobscot Association met in 1866 at Oldtown, 
where Bro. Porter was present, and entered into the discussions, 


and learned of the prospects in Houlton. The next day, I met 
him in the store of B. F. Bradbnry, in Bangor, and grasping my 
hand with earnestness he said, "Barnes, when you get that Meet- 
ing House ready, I am coming up to preach the dedication sermon 
for you." 

With the hour came the man, to renew his health in a measure, 
and do great and lasting work in his Master's vineyard. 

In the last days of January 1S67, in the midst of drifting snows, 
which caused the stage to upset twice in the ride of the first day, 
Bro. Porter and liis wife came to Houlton. It is to be doubted if, 
in all the Baptist ministry of the State at that time, there was 
another man so yyell fitted for the yvork before him as Mr. Porter 
was. He was to take the yvork from the hands of Mr. and Mrs. 
Spaukling, with care that there should be no backward movement, 
to l)uild up the Houlton interest, and to strengthen the Denomina- 
tion in the County at large. 

The last significant scene now transpireil in the ck^set kitchen 
of the vSpaulding home. 

It was known on what day Bro. Porter expected to arrive in 
Houlton, antl they agreed to be at home to meet him. After the 
arrival of the stage, and the travelers had got warmed, I said to 
iiim that Mr. and Mrs. Spaukling were anxious to see him. We 
soon reached the house, entered the door without stopping to 
knock, and passed through the long passageway to the kitchen 
into yvhich Bro. Porter stepped first. With his quick nervous 
step, and with a genial smile upon his face, he passed over to 
where Mr. Spaukling stood, and shook his hand sa\ ing, " Bro. 
Spaukling, I am glad to see you here." "■ Bro. Porter, I am 
tliankful to greet you here in my home," was the response. Then 
he turned and saluted Mrs. Spaukling, but her feelings were too 
deep for words. The tears filled her eves as she looked upon the 
man before her, realized how much had been accomplished, and 
saw in IJro. Poitcr, the Denomination come to take up the work 
to which their lives had luen devoted. 

/Iftertb^ w/ork. 


Bro. Spaukling was laid aside from the sphere of active life for 
quite a number of 3'ears before he was simimoned to his reward. 
He was tenderly cared for by his devoted wife, and the circle of 
ministering friends. 

On Wednesday, Sept. rst, iSSo, the end came, and it was a 
peaceful close to a long life. On Friday following, the funeral 
services were held at his house, and were conducted by Rev. 
Isaiah Record,* Pastor of the Baptist Church. 

On the following Sunday Evening, to a large audience which 
tilled the Meeting House to overflowing, Bro. Record delivered 
the memorial discourse, which was afterward repeated before the 
Penobscot Association, at Bangor, then printed in the Advocate^ 
and an alxstract is also found in the Convention Minutes for that 

Although Bro. Record had known him, personally, only four 
\ cars, and in all of this time he was a confirmed invalid, never- 
theless, owing to a peculiar identity of spiritual endowment. 
Pastor Record hatl fully appreciated the work and self-sacrifice of 
this pioneer who had preceeded him; and his discourse was filled 
with most tender and heartfelt tributes to the worth of the Father 

I'he text chosen was Acts, 13 : 36, '' For David, after he had 
ser\ ed his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep." 

The earlier portion of the discourse was a statement of the facts 
of j\lr. ^pauhling's career, as found in the autobiographical 

*Isai;ih Record, born in I. ivermore, Androscoggin County, Me., 1S35. W. C. lS(i2. Degree 
of A. M., ISTO. Newton Theolog. Stmin:iry, lJ^(i9. Pastor, Turner, Me., 186S)-7(>. Houlton, 
ls,ti-N}. Trustee Houlton Ac ideniy, 1S7S-S3. Died, Houlton, Me., March U, 1883. 


sketch. The speaker then summed up in the followhig forcible 
words : 

'•'He gathered out the stones, prepared the way for the victor- 
ious coming of the Lord, strengthened the weak, and organized 
the scattered children of our King into churches. And then he 
nourished these churches with all the care and patience which the 
fondest parents exercise toward their children." 

After this came the lessons to be drawn from his life, and as we 
now read the touching and graceful words of the preacher, who 
so soon followed his subject into the silent land, we realize that, 
all unconsciously, he narrated those very qualities of manliness, 
humility, self-sacrifice, consecration, and trust, which although 
displayed under the changed conditions yet make the name and 
memor}' of Isaiah Record most tenderly cherishetl by the people 
of Houlton. 

'■'■ Now what was it that enabled Bro. Spaulding to accomplish 
so much? First, he was a true man. No one ever distrusted him, 
or had cause to do so. He was just what he professed to be, a 
man of God, walking in all His commandments blamjljss. D )es 
any one think this is a small matter, or one so common as not to 
deserve attention.? Doubtless there are many good men, many 
godly. But there are not so many as we could wish whose good- 
ness and piety are so transparent as were Bro. Spaulding's. Men 
of all beliefs, and no beliefs, took it for granted that he was a good 
and pious man ; that he was worthy of their confidence and 
esteem. He was able, therefore, to work with ease and power 
that could not have been possible had it been otherwise. 

He often felt his own unworthiness ver}' deeply in the sight of 
God, but he never had cause to doubt that he was trusted and 
loved by his brethren, and by the people generally w ho knew him. 
His correct and devout life gave great force to his sernK.ns and 

It is also true that few men have devoted themselves more en- 
tirely to the work of the gospel. He was not al)le, situated as he 
was, to spend st) nnich lalior on pulpit preparations as he desired. 
But still his work was always connected, in some way, with the 
furtherance of the gospel. 

He gave but little time or thouglit to secular enployments. He 


was too much filled and possessed by the theme, Jesus Christ and 
Him crucified, ever to be turned aside from his life's work. I do 
not mean by this that Bro. Spaulding was only anxious for the 
conversion of men, or that he considered it his only mission to 
gather them into churches. Perhaps there are very few preachers 
who are wiser than he was in building men up in righteousness. 

Again few men ever denied themselves more for Christ's sake 
than he did. If he had followed his natural taste he would have 
sought a field of labor where he would have time for reading and 
studv instead of coming into a new country, and engaging in 
pioneer work. 

He \o\cd l)o()ks and accumulated a large library, hoping some 
time, perhaps in the debilitv of old age, to have time to learn 
\y\rdt it contained. But his employment afforded him little leisure 
for reading. lie could <Mily snatch an occasional hour from his 
acti\'e duties for reading. But he submitted cheerfullv to such 
pri\ations in order that he might do his Master's work. 

He ne\er allowed personal considerations to stand In the way 
of usefulness. This would be verv apparent to all, if we knew 
how little nionev he received during the period of his active 
labors, and how much he gave away. Our brother stated, in a 
letter to the Penobscot Association, after he had been here twenty- 
one \ears, that he had put in circulation $2800 worth of religious 
reading. Of course not all this amount came out of his own 
pocket. Some of the books were paid for bv those who received 
them. But many of them he furnished gratis. The Missionary 
Board gave him a stipulated sum of money each year. But be- 
vond this his support was fragmentary and precarious. Some of it 
he received in produce, and a little he received in money from 
those w ho were able to paw He was compelled to practice the 
strictest econonu in order to meet the expenses of his family, yet 
he al\\a\s found something to give to the need}-, and to all our 
benevolent organizations. He frequently took from his own house 
a portion of what he hatl laid by for his family and carried it 
away to those whom he thought needed it more. He could not 
look upon the hungry and distressed without doing what he could 
for their lelief, no matter how great the sacrifice to himself. 

Again his trust In God was full and entire. However dark the 
wa\ appeared he ne^■er seemed to doubt for a moment the ultimate 


success of the gospel. He fully believed that it was the power of 
God unto salvation. 

He labored as a pioneer, when there were few to help him, and 
little that could be seen afibrding hope save to the eye of faith. 
And his faith resulted in victory. 

When he came to this county the only Baptist Church was in 
Hodgdon. But before he was laid aside by infirmities, he assisted 
in organizing churches in Linneus, in Houlton, in Amity and 
Gary, in Smyrna, in Ludlow, in Orient, and in New Limerick. 
His labors and prayers have materially aided in whatever has been 
accomplished by Baptists in this whole region. 

There was a strong, yet tcntlcr. tie of sympathy which drew 
him toward others and drew others toward him. Men felt the 
power of his generous and loving heart which always beat so true 
toward them, and hence they heeded his \\ords and advice. 

It should be added that he had an abounding charity. He saw 
the good side of every person he met instead of the bad. If he 
saw anything that was not right in others it never seemed to im- 
press itself on his mind. Only the good traits remained in his 
memory. It may also be truly said that he never harbored a feel- 
ing of jealousy toward any of his brethren. Indeed, I doubt, 
whether such a feeling ever entered his heart. 

Another trait in his character, closely connected with that which 
has just been mentioned was his appreciation of benefits received. 
He and his wife ha\e always felt just as grateful for every favor 
receixed as if tlie\ had ne\ er done anything for their fellow 
creatures. Thex liave never for a moment thought that the world 
owed them a li\ ing, and hence was under ol)ligation to su]Dport 

Brother .Spaukling bore the heavy cross laid upon him, in his 
last \e;irs, without murmuring and with true Gin-istian resignation. 
At times, too, joy tilleil his heart, and light from the New Jerusa- 
lem shone upon him. And at last lie fell peacefully asleep in 

He served his generation, antl he has he;,rd the welcome plaudit 
from the lips oi the Master, A\ ell tioiK, good and faithlul 

bscot Association met with the First I'aptist Ghurch 
)n the Tuesday following the death of Iho. Spauld- ' 



ing, and yielding to the urgent wishes of her friends, Mrs. 
Spauldiiig went once anore, and for the last time, to the meetings, 
of which, for so many years, she and her husband had been a large 
part. The Minutes of that year contain touching allusions to the 
presence of this aged servant of God. Rev. F. T. Hazlewood 
offered the following: "Whereas, God in His love has removed 
from our care our beloved Bro. Spaulding, and in place of the 
annual letter from him and his devoted wife has given us the 
presence of the widowed companion ; therefore this Association 
by rising vote does now express its sense of loss in the death of 
our Brother, and its delight still to reverence and care for the liv- 
ing." Mrs. Spaulding briefly responded, expressing her gratitude 
for the respect and esteem manifested for her husband and herself, 
indicated by the vote just passed, and also for the kind personal 
attention and sympathy received from the brothers and sisters dur- 
ing the session. The final line of the record is, "the presence of 
Sister Spaulding, so recently bereaved, added much to the interest 
of the occasion." 

After her return she continued to live in the old home 
with her daughter, and in the enjovment of a fair degree of health 
was able to attend the .Sunday services until almost the time of 
her last sickness. 

HouLTON, June 30, 1S81. 
Dear Bro. Giddings : 

Your kind letter with your picture was very welcome and 
acceptable, and you will please accept my warmest thanks. It is 
very pleasing and gratifying to be so long and so kindly remem- 
bered by one who, in his boyhood, was a loved pupil in my 
school, and I can truly say that your friendship and beneficence 
have been like an unfiling spring to me in all these years that I 
have livetl in Aroostook County. * * * 

I should have made a longer visit in Bangor but my physical 
strength was failing me so much tliat I thought it best to come 
home while I could, and I have now got nicely restetl and am 
feeling that my journey was a l^^nefit to my health after all. lam 
now enjoying, in retrospect, the very interesting visits with my 
friends wherever I went. 

Our Church iierc are looking forward with great interest to our 
Association and hope to see a large delegation from all the 


churches. I trust we shall all be praying that the Lord will meet 
with us of a truth and pour us out a blessing so that we shall re- 
ceive a spiritual refreshing from His presence, and be prepared 
and strengthened for more earnest self-sacrificing work in His 

Hoping at that time to see you and Mrs. Giddings, and a good 
many more of our Bangor friends, I am, with kindest regards, 
Yours very sincerely, 


HouLTON, April 29, 1SS3. 
My Dear Nieces : 

Since your dear Mother died I have been waiting to feel well 
enough to write you a letter, not to mourn with you, for I can 
truly say I feel more like rejoicing that she lias been called, after 
her long and eventful life here below, to enter upon that eternal 
life of joy and blessedness which Jesus promised to His believing 
followers, and O, how sweet must be her rest in the presence cf 
the dear Saviour, where sin and sorrow can no more molest or 
make her afraid ! She was called to pass through many afflictions 
here which sometimes seemed heavier than she could bear, but 
how different they will look to her now. When they come to 
her memory, she will feel that they were ''light afflictions" and 
were blessings to bring her nearer to Jesus and His love. 

My health has been so poor the past winter that I have often 
thought I should be the first one of us four sisters to leave the 
scenes of earth ; but for some wise purpose God is sparing my 
poor life a little longer, and O, that the remnant of my days 
may be spent to His honor and glory ! My health now is much 
better, but still I am so weak that every little efibrt tires me. 
This has been a beautiful day, and I had the privilege of going to 
church, this forenoon, by leaning on Jimmie's arm as I cannot 
walk verv straight alone. A Presbyterian minister preached for 
us to-dav, but not being used to his voice, and being so hard of 
hearing, I did not untlerstand much of the sermon. We sadly 
miss our dear good minister, luit we hope and pray that God may 
not leave us, but in His good time send us one ai'tcr His oyvn heart 
to break unto us the bread of life. 

Monday^ A. M. Having my morning's work done up and my 
pen in liand I thought to write a little more, but I have some 


business to attend to, that must not be put oft", in regard to my 
good paper the Zio7i's Advocate which will take the rest of the 
day. I shall have to say good by for this time, with ever so much 
love from us all to each of you, and to any good friends who may 
inquire for us. 

Your loving Aunt, 


HouLTON, Jan. i, 1SS4. 
My Dear Mrs. Giddings : 

Your kind letter with the generous present enclosed was most 
gratefully received by me last night, and will you and each of the 
kind donors please accept my earnest thanks for the same, and also 
for the good wishes expressed. May God abundantly bless and 
reward ! Truly the Lord's mercies to me are wonderful, and in 
view of my great unworthiness to receive them mv spirit is hum- 
bled within me. Bless the Lord, Oh, mv soul and forget not all 
his benefits ! 

I congratulate you and your husband on the addition of two 
beautiful grandchildren to your number of dear ones ; but above 
all for the conversion of your precious younger daughter. May 
she prove to be a shining light to all around her, living daily to 
the honor and glory of God and doing good. 

I ha\ e no doubt but that our church and societv had the svm- 
pathy antl prayers of all the churches in our Association in our 
great sorrow at tlie loss to us of oin^ good Pastor Record. * * * 

It is growing dark and I must close with much love and manv 
good wishes for your dear family, the church, and the Sabliath 
school of which vou are all mcml)ers; and may God bless von all 
is the earnest pra\er of vour sister in Christ, 


The above letter was nearly the last one which Mrs. Spaulding 
ever wrote, lor in April following her strength entirelv lailed, and 
after a short periotl of sickness, on May 3, 1SS4, she passed on to 
her reward. 

No more fitting eulogy on tlie blended lives of these dear persons 
could be given tiian is contained in the following reminiscences of 
two of their -children in the Lord," Miss Hattie T. Mayo of 
Hodgdon, antl Mrs. Jennv K. Seamans of Carv. 


Miss Mayo writes : 

I remember many times in my childhood when we had the 
pleasure of having Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding in our home, a pleas- 
ure that was anticipated for hours before they came. 

Saturday morning, my brothers would say, " We will watch for 
their team, and invite them to stay to dinner," a proposal to which 
all the family were agreed, and if some parts of the Saturday's 
work which fell to my hands were a little irksome the task was 
suddenly lightened when my Mother said, "Mrs. Spaulding would 
like to see the work nicely done": that was sure to have the 
desired effect. 

When they came they always seemed glad to see every member 
of the family, no one being overlooked in their kindly greeting. 

Mrs. Spaulding always noticed what we were doing and would 
say to my sisters, "Well I should enjoy that work," or, "I should 
like to read" such a book referring to something they bad been 

In speaking of others, she invariably referred to their virtues 
and seemed quite unconscious of their faults. "I always loved 
them" often fell from her lips and "thinketh no evil" is in my 
mind closely connected with her memory. 

I cannot remember that Mrs. vSpaulding ever spoke to me per- 
sonally on the subject of religion, but her life spoke cnusta)itly 
for Christ, and in no wav was it more manifest to me than in her 
loving thoughtfulness and interest in all classes of people. 

Once a year Mr. Spaulding brought to us "The Baptist Alma- 
nac," which was to me a library in itself: there 1 hrst read of 
Judson and Bunyan and other noted men. 

I have in my possession a book entitled "Ihe Lighted Way "given 
to me when a child by Mr. Spaulding. I appreciated Jthe pretty 
red cover before I opened it, then was pleased with it because of 
the giver, and afterward learned to prize it because of its lessons. 

Mrs. Seamans writes : 

I well remenber how pleased vvc used to be when Mr. and Mrs. 
Spaulding came to this neighborho(Kl, once in four weeks, during 
the first years that we lived in the place. Iheir coming was like 
"sunshine in a dark place" to us. Ihcir manner of living their 
religion was such that children liad no fear of them, but looked 
upf)n their visits as the greatest possible cause for enjoyment. 


They were watchful lor opportunities to do good, in speaking a 
word to a child, by reading some interesting story, or relating 
some incident of interest or profit. 

Mrs. Spaulding knew just how to adapt herself to any circum- 
stance in which she might be placed, and make it a chance to do 
good. She would visit the poorest homes and by her pleasant 
manner make herself so welcome that those whom she visited 
would feel at ease and could thoroughly enjoy her visit. 

Her memory remains a constant benediction. How well I re- 
call when, as I returned to my desolate home after the burial of 
my husband she took me in her arms and whispered to me, "Jenny, 
you must lean hard upon Jesus." How those words comforted 
and helped me ! She did not tell me it was wrong to mourn and 
that I must become reconciled to the will of God. She knew I 
was not unreconciled, even though I mourned, and she knew just 
what was the needed word of comfort. 

Dear precious saint ! my eyes fill with tears as I write of her ! 
Eternity alone will reveal the good which Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding 
did in their lives. Their labors in the cause of Christ were self- 
tie nying and faithful. The watch care they exercised over these 
little churches, was vigilant and unremitting. They cherished 
them as their own children, and loved them unto death. 

In the long years of pain and helplessness through which Mr. 
Spaulding was called to pass, how faithful and constant was the 
care which Mrs. Spaulding gave to him, never seeming to think of 
herself, if she could only be spared to minister to him ! 

I never shall forget how deeply impressed I was with the exhi- 
bition of the love which everybody felt toward her, as I tarried 
in her home din-ing the days between her death and burial. 

So many came to the house to look at her as she lay in her last 
sleep. Little children rapped at the door, and when I opened it, 
would say, ''We want to see Mrs. Spaulding." Colored people 
whom she had befriended, poor people whom she had helped, 
came and looked at her with tears in their eyes. More than one 
exclaimed " She was alwavs so good to me."