rivate carriages, sometimes in the one-horse chaise.
They were as a class, in private and in business life, men of high integrity, interested in public works, popular and scientific education, social and public libraries, hospitals, charities, and churches.
They were honorable merchants, dealt fairly with customers, kept accurate accounts, and their trade-marks were symbols of good work.
There is a tradition that William Wirt, who came to Boston in 1829 as counsel in a suit against Peter C. Brooks, expressed admiration at the accuracy and integrity of the mercantile books which he had occasion to examine. They were highly conservative; took a harmless pride in their social standing; received consideration from the masses something like that accorded to an English lord or squire; were accustomed to have their own way, and to resent interference from those who had not by family or wealth reached the same position as themselves.
They were English in thought and habit as in blood.