beloved in private life, justly respected in his profession, and distinguished in his state and country for the faithful and honorable performance of high military and civil duties.
Resolved, That the Councillors ask permission to attend the obsequies of their late President, both for themselves and the other members of the Society.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to wait on the family, and express to them the sentiments of the Councillors on the bereavement.
The granite pyramid which stands in the old burying-ground has the following inscription:--
Sacred to the memory of John Brooks, who was born in Medford, in the month of May, 1752, and educated at the town-school.
He took up arms for his country on the 19th of April, 1775.
He commanded the regiment which first entered the enemies' lines at Saratoga, and served with honor to the end of the war. He was appointed Marshal of the District of Massachusetts by President Washington; and, after filling several important civil and military offices, he was, in the year 1816, chosen Governor of the Commonwealth, and discharged the duties of that station for seven successive years to general acceptance.
He was a kind and skilful physician; a brave and prudent officer; a wise, firm, and impartial magistrate; a true patriot, a good citizen, and a faithful friend.
In his manners, he was a gentleman; in morals, pure; and in profession and practice, a consistent Christian.
He departed this life in peace, on the 1st of March, 1825, aged seventy-three.
This monument to his honored memory was erected by several of his fellow-citizens and friends, in the year 1838.