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The National Music of America. 59
eradicated; in Boston, a century ago, one of the Congregational churches appealed to its London benefactor, the wealthy Mr. Hollis, for assistance in establishing an organ in their meeting-house. He promptly responded by sending them five hundred copies of a tract, entitled "The Christian religion shines brightest in its own dress, and to paint it is but to deform it."
The bass viol (violoncello) was accepted in some Congregational churches long before the organ was tolerated.
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