. No means were then left to the Congregational society, to recover what they regarded as their property, without recourse to the law. A suit was accordingly commenced against the town in a plea of covenant. Depositions were taken before Thomas A. Dexter, Esq., commissioner, etc., at his office in Boston, and the case came on for trial at the term of the Court of Common Pleas, held at Portsmouth, in February, 1837. The next month, at the annual meeting of the society, Samuel Batchelder was chosen agent, and continued in that office by annual elections, till the case was settled. On the part of the town, E. W. Toppan and Simon Towle, Jr., were successively the agents employed, till the annual meeting in 1838, after which, the management of the case passed into the hands of the selectmen.