In the January 31 post, an interesting ingredient was left out of the story of the ongoing tension between Thomas Baker and Reverend Thomas James. I said “eventually” both men resettled at East Hampton, when actually the East Hampton record shows that the reverend had a town lot on April 22, 1651, so he was probably serving as pastor within one year after Thomas moved there.
Because the settlement did not have a meeting house before 1652, the town met for religious services in what was probably the largest structure in East Hampton at that time—the house belonging to Thomas Baker. The size of the house may indicate that it was the village inn or public house.
Do you think it was awkward for the pastor to lead Sunday Meeting in the house of the man he excommunicated just a few years previous?