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.
Proceedings Massachusetts Historical Society, June, 1880.
Meanwhile he married and had three children born, one of whom died in infancy.
And it is not to be wondered at, therefore, that under these varied achievements, requiring so much time, strength, and ardent endeavor, his health began to fail and rest was needed.
So, in 1833, he went to Europe, sailing November 1, 1833, in ship Erie from New York.
There are suggestions in the scrap-book and in his writings of