I had little property then, he kindly offered to stand in as my surety to any amount.
Now it was, what with my office and the funds, that I made money hand over hand.
In June, 1803, I quitted the business of a private insurance office. . . . In 1806 I became the president of the New England Insurance Company and so remained about ten years, since which I have been my own man. . . . For this whole period of ten years, I believe, I was in the State Senate and House and Council chambers, which wMedford, the grey mansion which stood on the west side of Grove street until it was razed twelve years ago.
In the course of his lifetime he bought out the interests of the other heirs in his father's real estate and became the sole owner.
In 1806 he built for himself a large house, the fifth in the succession of the family homesteads, a few yards south of his father's, which was then taken down.
Under his ownership the extent of the Brooks property was greatly increased.
It included a lo