. The annual festival was the commemoration of the Boston Tea Party, which had taken
place on 16 Dec. 1773; the sermons marking this event in 1783 were preached on Sunday,
probably went to Isaac Smith Sr.'s home on Saturday, if not earlier (see
, 7 Dec., note 1
, above). John Clarke, Harvard 1774, was ordained as assistant to the aged Rev. Charles
Chauncy, Harvard 1721, the pastor of Boston's First Church (the “Old Brick”) in 1778,
and succeeded him in 1787 (William B. Sprague, Annals of the American Pulpit
, N.Y., 1857–1869, 11 vols., 8:10).