He established a Sunday-school—then a novel feature—a parish reading society, was the founder and secretary of the Old Colony Peace Society.
In fact, he appears to have been the secretary in most of the societies with which he was connected.
He was active in the Plymouth County Bible Society, and the year he was abroad the work languished seriously.
He advocated the establishment of the Hingham Institution for Savings, which still continues on its prosperous course.
Hingham Journal, March 4, 1862.
History of Hingham, Vol.
I, Part II, p. 52. of his introduction of anthracite coal into Hingham is preserved, telling how some of his friends were fearful for the safety of the Brooks household with those red hot stones in the house at night.
He agitated successfully for the establishment of the Hingham and Boston steamboat line, and generally he made his influence felt for the good of the community.
Memoir of Rev. Charles Brooks, by Solomon Lincoln of Hingham.