irst of August, A. D. , 1819; a good dinner at our class meeting. November 12, 1815. Samuel D. Bell.
One of the last clippings Brooks inserted in the scrap book was an obituary notice of his college friend, Bell. Samuel Dana Bell (1797-1868) was a son of Governor Samuel Bell of New Hampshire. He studied law and practiced in Concord and Manchester. In 1859 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. He resigned in 1865 and died at Manchester July, 1868.
This date in August, 1819, was chosen because that was the month in which Commencement exercises were then held.
Brooks took good rank in his course, and on graduation continued his theological studies at Harvard.
In the month mentioned in the record of the wager he took his Master's degree and delivered the valedictory in Latin.
This paper is still preserved.
In November, 1820, he was invited to become pastor of the Third Church at Hingham at a salary of a thousand dollars, and here he remained until Januar