I have not read one Word of Law, this Day. But several Points, and Queries have been
suggested to me, by the Consultors.—In whom is the Fee, and Freehold of our burying
Yard? What Right has any Man to erect a Monument, or sink a Tomb there, without the
Consent of the Proprietors? In England, the Church Yards are the Places of Burial,
and the Parson is seised in fee, of them as of the Ground whereon the Church stands.
But our Burying Yards, as well as the Ground, on which our Temples stand, are not
vested in our incumbent Ministers, but in the Precinct or Parish, (the Corporation
socalled) where they lie, according to the late Resolution in the Dedham Case.
The Property of our Meeting House, is in the Precinct, i.e. the dissenting Part of
it,—And I think the Precinct, by its Committee sold the Pews to particular Persons,
and perhaps, the Persons who have erected Tombs, might previously ask And obtain the
Priviledge of the Precinct.