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The National Music of America. 53
throughout New England, there was also some agitation regarding instrumental music. A few bold spirits desired to introduce the organ into the divine service here, as it was used in foreign countries ; but in this matter the victory was gained with the greatest difficulty, and the conflict of opinions lasted a full century.
As early as 1713, Mr. Brattle, a Puritan of Boston, but a man of artistic instincts, and much more liberal than his fellow citi­zens in theological matters, gave, by will, an organ to the Brattle Square Church, with the condition that the offer should be accepted within a year after his decease, and they should " procure a sober person to play skil­fully thereon with a loud noise." The sly quotation from the Scripture shows that Mr. Brattle felt that the pill needed some sugar-coating, and his doubts upon the subject are further illustrated by a proviso, by which, if his church declined the proffered gift, it was
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