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He was famous for his political sermons; the ‘Devil Let Loose,’ on the French Revolution; an ‘Election’ sermon; a ‘Eulogy on George Washington,’ and others. His daughter, Miss Lucy Osgood, wrote a memoir of Charlotte Ann Haven Brooks, and left many interesting letters written in a marked literary style.

The Rev. Converse Francis published several orations, a ‘History of Watertown,’ and Lives of John Eliot and ‘Sebastian Rale’ for the ‘Library of American Biography,’ 1795-1872.

The Rev. Charles Brooks wrote a ‘History of Medford’ in 1855, one of the first of the Massachusetts town histories; ‘Biographies of Eminent Men and Women,’ two volumes; ‘Letters of a Foreign Correspondent’; a ‘Daily Monitor’; a ‘Prayer Book’; ‘Prussian System of Education’; ‘System of Education in Holland’; a book on Ornithology, and many sermons and lectures. He was a pioneer in the cause of training teachers for their work; by his constant writing and lecturing on the subject, caused the normal school system to be adopted in Massachusetts.1

The Rev. Andrew Bigelow published a minute account of his travels in North Britain and Ireland, also a journal of a tour through Malta and Sicily; and many sermons.

The Rev. Nathaniel Hall published sermons and discourses.

The Rev. John Pierpont, poet and author, was one of the most celebrated divines of Medford. He wrote the ‘Portrait’ in 1812; ‘Airs of Palestine,’ 1816, published with added poems in 1850; ‘Sabbath Recreations,’ 1839; ‘Lays of the Sabbath’, 1850; ‘Pilgrims of Plymouth,’ 1856. He was deeply interested in the cause of education and compiled a number of readers for use in schools. The ‘American First Class Book’ is one of the most notable books of its kind and still sought. On his stone

1 Mr. Brooks also wrote, by request of the citizens, ‘The Tornado of 1851,’ an account of the devastation of the same in Medford and West Cambridge.—Editor.

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