the joy of loitering along the highway, and lingering in the friendly shadows of the old toll bridge.
Miss Mary Burgess, daughter of Dr. Burgess, helping reconstruct those by-gone days tells us: "At Christmas and Easter, all these Missions united in the service in the Mother Church. . . . My strongest memory is of a very united, happy parish and very many true friends. My sisters have the same pleasant memories." Christ Church and each of her Missions had a banner, each Sunday School Class an emblem. On the days of the Union meetings all met in the old Church, formed in line, and with proudly carried emblems, and waving banners, they marched to Service in the new church.
Christ Church's first assistant ministers were called at this time, having for their especial work the charge of these missions. Those who served under Dr. Burgess were the Rev. John L. Egbert, the Rev. Alfred E. Johnson, and the Rev. Messrs. Benedict, Parker, Capers and Gregson.
The warden and vestrymen list tells the story of the kind of workers the Parish had, and a press notice of the day pays further tribute to "James H. Norton, Col. James G. Benton, Lieut. Henry Metcalfe, Thomas Warren, Jr., R. F. Hawkins, C.0. Chapin, Dr. Adams, William Gunn, Elisha Gunn, Wm. G. Chamberlain, Geo. W. Winchester, J. A. Baldwin, William Patton, Sheldon Webster."
The lot upon which the present Christ Church stands was duly purchased and the building of the new church begun; the fine old colonial mansion that stood on the lot was moved to the rear, and became the rectory. But the financial panic of the early seventies affected business conditions to such an extent that many conscientious church members sustained such severe losses that they were unable to pay the money which they had pledged. Consequently when the church was finished, the parish faced a debt of nearly $70,000. When this fact was realized, Dr. Burgess fearing that he had influenced the vestry to their harm, made a special gift of $10,000. The members, too, rallied to the emergency, and unitedly, cheerfully, enthusiastically,