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The National Music of America. 57
The second organ of New England was set up at Newport (Trinity Church), in 1733.
It is curious to find a young Bostonian, a Harvard graduate, Edward Bromfield, Jr., building an organ, unaided, in 1745, but as the talented young man died the next year, at twenty-three years of age, he was unable to complete his instrument (he intended it to have twelve hundred pipes), and we find no record of its being set up or used in any church.
In 1770, for the first time in American history, a Congregational church allowed an organ to be used in its service, but this happened in Providence, where bigoted lines were never very strongly drawn.
The chronology of the early New England church organs would seem to be about as follows: King's Chapel, Boston, the first; Trinity Church, Newport, the second; Trinity Church, Boston, the third; Christ Church, Boston, the fourth, and St. Peter's