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44 The National Music of America.
land Chronicle, in 1723, gave his views as follows : *
"Truly I have a great jealousy that if we once begin to sing by rule, the next thing will be to pray by rule, and preach by rule ; and then comes popery."
In The New England Courant of Sept. 16, 1723 (afterward Benjamin Franklin's paper), we read:
" Last week a Council of Churches, etc., was held in the South part of Braintree to regulate the dis­orders occasioned by regular singing at that place."
Before this time there had been great rev­erence for all psalm-singing in every part of the colony, as is proved by the doffing of caps when any psalm-tune was sung anywhere, and by the fact that in Plymouth, in 1660, " Robert Bartlett having spoken contemptu­ously of the ordinance of psalm-singing, was censured by the General Court."
The " old way " must have been the acme of all that was inartistic, judging by the
1 Quoted by Brooks, " Olden-time Music," p. 20.
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