OUR FIRST CHURCH
NOT until the second year after Boston was settled,
did we have a building devoted entirely to the worship
of God. Then was built of logs, neatly hewn and
set together with much care, so that both the outside
and the inside were smooth and fair to look upon, that
which we called our church.
 The sides did
not stand as tall as
some of our dwellings; but the roof
was much higher
and sharper, so
that inside it looked
to be very large.
There were four
windows in each
side, and all of them contained glass, if you please.
The pulpit, with a well fashioned sounding-board
of odorous cedar above it, stood at the end of the building
farthest from the door, and there were near about it
eight pews made much after the same shape as those in
the church at home. In these sit the magistrates, the
elders and the deacons, with the men on one side, the
women and girls on the other, and the boys in one corner,
where the tithing-men may keep them in order.
Back of these pews were benches sufficient in
number to give scats to all our people, and if it could have
been that Master Winthrop and those in authority
believed we might worship God quite as well while
comfortable in body, so that we had a fireplace, it
would have delighted me much.
It seems almost a sin to complain because of being
cold while one is praising God, and yet during this long,
 dreary winter when the earth was piled high with
snow, and the river imprisoned in ice, it was well nigh
impossible, after having remained in the same position
two or three hours, to prevent one's teeth from
chattering so sharply that the noise might disturb others.
It seems to me that one could enjoy a sermon much
better if one were not wishing for the warmth of the
fireplace at home.
Many of our people have what is called a foot-stove
to take with them to meeting, and it seems to me a
most comfortable arrangement;
but mother says that if our
love of God be not strong
enough to prevent discomfort
simply because of the frost,
when such a man as Master
Wilson, or either of the preachers, or Governor Winthrop,
is pleased to deliver a sermon, then are we utterly lost.
Susan declares that she was lost the first winter we
came here, when her cheeks were frost-bitten during;
one of Master Winthrop's lectures, which took no more
than two hours in the speaking.
These foot-stoves, which I wish most fervently my
father would believe we might be permitted to use, are
square boxes made of iron, pierced with many tiny
Boles, and having a handle; by which they can be
car-  ried. One of these, filled with live coals, will keep
warm a very long time, especially if it be covered with
skins, and I envy Mistress Winthrop and her daughter,
even while knowing how great is the sin, when they, sit
in the Governor's pew so comfortably warm that there
is no fear their teeth will, by chattering, cause
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