Church on the Common 1832

Bells and Clocks

Useful and Pleasant Appendages to Christian Temples.

The East Society of this town, having had the misfortune to crack their first bell, lately got up a subscription for a new Bell and Clock, which was soon filled, by rising of eighty subscribers. The bell and clock were accordingly ordered, and brought on by George Holbrook, Esq. and under his superintendence were raised and placed in the tower of the Society. The bell was cast at the foundry of his son, George H. Holbrook of Medway, Mass. and tuned to the letter A gamut of five lines.

This bell is of the first kind of its size; & if it speaks majestically, yet it has something beautiful and sonorous in its sound; and the manufacturer assures us that it will increase in clearness of high sound, more and more delightfully, until it comes to mature age, in five or six years. May it long last, to send its sober melody over the valley, and ascending the hills, remind the good people of the approaching hour of the public worship of the Most High, on the Lord's day.

It is believed there are but few parishes in city or country, that would think a bell of 1600 lbs. and a clock of the first order at $400 (none worth more for time, its object) diminutive things, when placed in their towers. We wish every christian society in the State, the pleasure of these conveniences - and every one might have them if they would unitedly take hold, to get them.

The clock is what is termed horizontal, and is constructed on the best and simplest horological principles for time keeping and durability; it is of the repeating order, and will always strike the hour pointed to, and may be set to the proper hour or minute, almost as readily as a watch; it also has the retaining power, contrived in so plain and simple a manner, that it can be attached to the main wheel in a quarter of a minute, and will lose no time in winding up. Indeed, it looks well, but its main beauty is in its simplicity and strength; there is nothing superfluous about it. In short, it appears well calculated, by the correct time it has kept since it was put up and set going, "to correct old Time and regulate the sun" - To be understood as keeping the true mean equated time, agreeing with the sun four times in the year.

It may not be amiss to give a statement of Mr. George H. Holbrook's operations in his business, for the benefit of those who may wish to deal with him, for some of his nice & useful articles. It is believed that his bell foundry is the largest, best conducted, and on the most scientific principles of any in the U. States. Mr. Holbrook the elder, before he gave up the business to his son, had been in the constant practice of casting bells for about thirty years, and his inventive mechanical mind led him to try experiments in various ways, forms & sizes of bells, and composition of metals, until he thought he could make no more improvements in the art, and left it as it is, with his son, who now prepares metal enough every week to cast six bells on Saturday, and can cast bells of any size called for up to 10,000 lbs. He also, when requested, pitches a bell to any of the eight notes of the gamut of five lines; of course can furnish chimes of bells when desired.

The Brattleboro' Messenger, January 14, 1832.


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