by his legal representative, and resulted in a compromise,
securing to his widow and mother a handsome support. She returned with her
children to her friends in
Judge Hitchcock's political views were accordance with the national republican party, in its day, and subsequently he was an uncompromising whig and a great admirer and supporter of Mr. Clay. On the subject of slavery, while he denounced the system on principle, in the abstract, he felt compelled to adopt in practice, so far as he required domestic servants.
Hitchcock's personal appearance was prepossessing of fair complexion, middle
size, erect, stoutly but compactly built, with an aquiline nose, determined
mouth and piercing eye. It wanted but his quick and energetic movement to make
him a marked and felt man wherever he went. Though, in general, rather
expressive of decision, not to say sternness in manner, among his friends,
particularly in the company of ladies, he was courtly and winning. A bust of
him was procured by his friends, taken from life, and is now exhibited among
the distinguished citizens of the country, at Fowler and Wells' collection in
The writer of this imperfect sketch, who enjoyed the intimacy of his departed friend in early years, continued by an uninterrupted correspondence of 23 years, and extending even beyond the limits of his friend's life (the last letter having been received after his decease), will not forego the expression of this parting tribute the grave has seldom closed over the remains of a higher intellect, a nobler spirit, a more unselfish heart, a more affectionate husband, father and son, or a truer friend.
[From the Family.]
Chamberlain was born in Topsham, September 23, 1792, and began the practice of
his profession in
BY LOUIS FOLLETT.
Follett was born at
the age of ten years, by the death of his father, he was left, with two
sisters, to the care of a widowed mother with but slender means, and who, to
educate her children, removed to
Ardently devoted to the profession he had chosen, he pursued it diligently, securing a success quite equal to his expectation, and a reputation satisfactory to his friends. In December, 1819, he was appointed, by Judges Doolittle and Brayton of the supreme court, to the office of state's attorney, then vacant by the death of Sanford Gadcomb, Esq., and elected to the same office by the legislatures of 1820, '21, and '22. In 1823, elected judge of the county court, his professional life continued until a pulmonary complaint threatening him, he abandoned the practice of the law to engage in mercantile pursuits.
Purchasing an interest in the premises now known as the south wharf property, he became a partner with the late Henry Mayo in the mercantile business in 1823, though not giving it his personal attention until the following year, and found in the firm establishment of his health, which speedily followed change of occupation, a happy realization of his hopes.
1830 he was elected to represent
1832 the great mercantile house of Horatio Gates & Co., at
1841 he returned to
1845 the subject of a railroad connection with
He died Oct. 12, 1857. His life was one of usefulness, and his character for strict integrity, for honorable intention in all his dealings, for devotedness and fidelity to every interest entrusted to him, firmly established.
[From the Family.]
first we know of the immediate ancestors of Mr. Bradley, in connection with the
Bradley was born at Guilford, Conn., February, 1750; removed with his father to
Sunderland, and in 1775 came to Burlington to settle. He purchased a tract of
land on Winooski river, under a title from the N. H.
grants. The broad bend below the town, for many years known as the Bradley
bend, was a part of this tract. He was sent as representative of
1777 we find him enlisting under Col. Warner, acting as aid to Gen. Stark at
the battle of
Bradley, eldest son and third child of Lemuel and
Mercy Bradley, was born at
Col. Brownson, though a wealthy man, had a family of children of his own, which made it necessary for young Bradley to, while a mere boy, commence life for himself.
the age of fourteen he came to
1827 he gave up business in Williston and returned to
was one of the originators of the Farmers and Mechanics' Bank, and afterwards
of the Commercial Bank, of which bank he was the first president. He was for
many years a director in the United States Branch Bank at
was for many years engaged in a wholesale mercantile business at the lake, also
carrying on a large lumber business at Essex, and was one of the greatest
sufferers in the losses which befel our business
community in the woolen factory at Winooski Falls. Perhaps no man amongst us
for 30 years was more intimately connected with all the leading business and
political interests at
The following is a notice of him, written soon after his death, by President Wheeler:
"THE LATE HARRY BRADLEY, ESQ.
The name of Harry Bradley, Esq. has been so long identified with the interests of our village, that his sudden and unexpected death seems to create a sad and fearful chasm in the midst of us. And his long and active service,
in the political organizations of the state, has made his
name familiar, in all parts of it, and also in some of the high places of the
nation. He was born in
His energy and activity naturally pointed him out, as a man singularly fitted for carrying out the measures and accomplishing the ends of political parties. He was long the Chairman of the Whig State Committee of Vermont. His services were highly appreciated by the party not only in this state, but by some of the principal men in the nation, with whom he held correspondence on such matters. Webster, Clay and President Fillmore were among them. His political opinions, though of an earnest and forceful kind, were both national and conservative.
While narrow and short-sighted views, limited by the range of his individual vision, might have been anticipated because of his personal earnestness and activity, he was in reality wise, considerate, and comprehensive in his political notions, however zealous he might be in realizing them.
His heart and house were always open to his friends; and his mind and hands were ready for their service. This cheerful activity for others made him an affectionate and indulgent husband and father, and an agreeable and disinterested friend and neighbor. His sudden and unexpected decease filled the hearts of all with sadness and astonishment. It was a "visitation of God," speaking to all and saying. "Watch; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh."
[From the Family.]
Van Sicklin, M. D., son of John Van Sicklin, who settled in
share of practice in the vicinity till his last sickness. Mrs. Van Sicklin died in 1839.
BY MRS. CATHERINE E. DOOLITTLE.
When a good man is removed from the scenes and society of earth, and from the tender offices of human friendship and love, to his rest in the paradise of the blessed, the mournful satisfaction of testifying to his goodness, and of cherishing the memory of his virtues, remains for the sorrowing ones who are left behind. It is thought the following biographic sketch of Mr. Doolittle, and of that blameless private life which made his death a public calamity, will be acceptable, not only to those who enjoyed his personal friendship and love, but also to all who value the records of the good, and the blessed memory of the just.
Doolittle was born in the town of
When three or four years of age, the subject of this memoir removed with his parents to Vermont, in which state he resided during the remainder of his life. At the early age of little more than ten years, he was summoned to the bedside of his dying father, and received from him, as the eldest son, the solemn and responsible charge to be henceforth, so far as he should be able, the comfort and support of his mother, and the father of the bereaved family. This injunction the son tenderly remembered through his whole life, and faithfully fulfilled, when more mature years had qualified him for the sacred tasks.
Deprived of their guardian and protector by his early death, the widowed mother and her four young children were thrown unprovided for upon the world. But God remembered them. Philo, the eldest son, found in the hospitable dwelling of Judge Lemuel Bottom of Williston, Vt., a kind home, and paternal care for many subsequent years. With this family he sustained the most filial relations, and of their unvarying kindness he cherished during his life a grateful remembrance. Here the days of his youth passed pleasantly. In the summer seasons he was employed in the various light labors of the farm, and in the winter months enjoyed such advantages of education as were commonly given to the sons and daughters of our substantial farmers. In after years, upon this humble foundation of a common school education, he reared by the efforts of his own active and accurate mind, a fair superstructure of much varied and practical knowledge.
the year 1808, his kind benefactor, Judge Bottom, requested him to choose the
occupation of his future life, leaving it optional with himself to continue his
connection with the agricultural pursuits of the farm (with kind assurances of
aid and advancement should he remain), or to remove to an eligible situation
which at that time presented itself, where he might be educated for mercantile
pursuits. He chose the latter course, and at the age of fifteen years entered
upon the duties of a clerkship in the employment of E. T. Englesby,
Esq., a merchant in
Doolittle's connection with the interests of navigation on
menced with the formation of the Champlain Ferry Company, which was chartered by the Legislature of Vermont, November 18, 1824, of which he was one of the original corporators. November 29, 1824, he was chosen one of the first directors of the company, and in 1825, elected clerk and treasurer of the same, in place of Andrew Thompson, Esq., resigned. These appointments he held until the Ferry Company was incorporated with the Champlain Transportation Company of January 24, 1835.
26, 1826, the Champlain Transportation Company was organized, of which Mr.
Doolittle was one of the original stockholders. November 10, 1826, he was
chosen a director and appointed clerk and treasurer of the company. February
23, 1827, in consequence of the building of the steamer Franklin, at
March 22, 1827, Mr. Doolittle was chosen one of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Burlington, by a unanimous vote, and January 29, 1849, unanimously elected President of that Board, in place of E. T. Englesby, Esq., resigned. By his connection with this institution, which continued uninterruptedly during his life, or for 35 years, Mr. Doolittle has become more generally known perhaps, to the business men of this vicinity than in any other way, and we cannot in any way so accurately express the estimation which those associated with him in these relations place upon his character, or so clearly exhibit his position and standing as a business man, as by quoting from the resolutions adopted by the Board of Directors of that Bank in reference to his decease:
"Our late President, Philo Doolittle, Esq., having been suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us by death since the last weekly meeting of our Board, whereby we are saddened to-day by the sight of his vacant chair and a sorrowful sense of the loss that has befallen ourselves personally, and the institution over which he has so long and ably presided therefore
"Resolved, That in the death of Mr. Doolittle we feel that we have lost one who by the transparent kindness of heart and uniform urbanity of manner with which he ever presided over our deliberations; by his unswerving honesty and integrity of purpose, and his high sense of honor in all our business transactions; by the wisdom and prudence of his counsels and his unwearying attentiveness to his duties, had won our profound esteem and our most affectionate and sincere regard.
"Resolved, That the Bank of Burlington in thus losing one who has been a Director at its Board for thirty-five years past, and its President for the last thirteen, has lost an officer to whom it is largely indebted for its long course of prosperity, and whose labors and services in its behalf should be held in grateful remembrance.
"Resolved, That as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased, and as a token of our regard for him, we will attend his burial on Friday next.
11, 1820, Mr. Doolittle was united in marriage with Harriet E. Hayes, daughter
of Newton Hayes, Esq., then a resident of
domestic relations of life he appeared almost without a fault. Confiding frankness and unaffected kindness characterized all his intercourse with his friends. One who has known him in the intimacy of the family circle, thus writes: "I remember well my last visit at his house and the more than usual warmth and kindness of Mr. Doolittle's manner towards me, his quiet cheerfulness through the day and those pleasant evenings at the fireside where he displayed to such advantage his delightful home qualities." Another friend thus writes of him: "I have passed many happy hours with him, in the most familiar intercourse, and never in those unrestrained moments have I heard him give utterance to a thought or sentiment which he would wish recalled, not one uncharitable or unkind word did he ever utter in the hours so passed." Never did the recital of the sorrows of others fail to call forth the tender sympathies of his heart; his kindness towards all who in circumstances of blameless suffering or want applied to him for aid, was most consoling. In his estimate of the motives and conduct of others he exercised a generous forbearance, carefully avoiding anything akin to detraction in his conversation, and always manifesting the most unaffected humility in his deportment.
Doolittle made a public profession of his faith in Christ, Jan. 24, 1841, and
was confirmed by Bishop Hopkins, in the communion of the Episcopal church. In this faith he continued steadfast, and was an
"Whereas, it has pleased Almighty God, by a sudden visitation of his hand to remove from us our honored and beloved associate in the Vestry of St. Paul's church, Philo Doolittle, Esq.; therefore be it Resolved, That we bow with reverent submission to the will of our Heavenly Father, in this sudden and most afflictive dispensation; and feeling that we personally, and the church and our whole community have met with a great loss, we desire to mingle our tears with those of the bereaved widow and family, and respectfully tender to them our kindest sympathy.
"Resolved, That we cherish with deep respect and affection the memory of our departed friend, as an upright and godly man, sound in judgment and gentle in heart, a wise counsellor and a true and affectionate friend, most faithful in the important trusts of life which were committed to him, and most kindly in all the relations of friendship and neighborhood.
"Resolved, That we feel that our parish has lost from its outward communion a most valuable officer and member, one whose wise counsels and generous gifts, and above all, whose consistent and blameless christian example and constant and unobtrusive ministries to the poor, made him a blessing and an ornament to the church which he loved, and in whose faith he lived and died.
"Resolved, That in testimony of our respect for our departed friend we will attend his funeral in a body, and wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days."
Although for many years Mr. Doolittle had felt increasingly the infirmities of age, he continued his industrious and active habits of life until the very day when the summons came which called him hence. In a moment, from apparently comfortable health he was stricken down, by paralysis, into helpless unconsciousness, and in this state he passed gently away from earth January 19, 1862. Apprehensions of an attack of this nature had for several years oppressed his mind with sad forebodings of sudden death. Yet even these were not sufficient to disturb for any great length of time the equanimity of his feelings, or to subdue the cheerfulness of his heart. He had prepared himself for his Master's summons, and when it came we believe it found him ready.
We will close this brief sketch with the following touching tribute from the pen of his pastor, Rev. D. H. Buel:
"Since we last assembled here on the Lord's day, one of our number who, two weeks ago, worshiped with us, has fallen asleep in Jesus. One of the oldest officers and members of our church, who justly stood so high in the affectionate respect of this parish and of our whole community that it is eminently proper for use to follow the dictates of my heart and pay a tribute to his memory in this sacred place.
"He was one of the noblest and fairest pillars of our church and of society. He belonged to that class of men, too rare at the
present day, who unfortunately for our country are now regarded as relics of the better days of the republic. A man whose integrity was like pure gold without the least alloy of worldly intrigue; whose honesty of character was as transparent as the light, and whose kindly and sympathizing heart responded quickly to all the claims of neighborhood and humanity. Blessed also with a clear and well balanced mind and with an even temper and the gentlest manners, it is no wonder that, notwithstanding his singular modesty, he was called to fill, during a great part of his life many important and responsible trusts in society; and the faintest thought probably never crossed any man's mind that Philo Doolittle could fulfill those trusts otherwise than with the most scrupulous fidelity.
"In all the intercourse of friendship and courtesy he was one of the kindest of men. Above all he was an earnest and consistent Christian, constant to the utmost of his ability in devoutly attending upon all the holy duties of the house of God. Ever ready and glad generously to do his part in maintaining the ministrations of the church and advancing the interests of Christ's kingdom. The kind friend of the poor, constantly ministering to them in the spirit of our Heavenly Master's injunction "Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth," the blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon our departed brother. His life admirably exemplified St. Paul's beautiful description of the chiefest of all the christian graces "Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."
our venerated brother advanced in years he seemed to grow in zealous love for
all the duties public and private of the christian life, and in cheerful readiness to do his
part in the work of the
From a commemorative discourse by the REV. D. H. BUET.
Goldsmith Cole was born in the town of
Mr. Cole came to
the best interests of the community in which it was located.
year after Mr. Cole came to
simple recital of the responsible and honorable trusts which he has held in the
church, and to most of which he was annually chosen, shows the reliance that
was placed on him and the high estimation in which he was held. For 30 years he
has been a vestryman of
He has also for some years been a member of the Board of Land Agents. In all these positions his soundness of judgment, the wisdom of his counsels, his integrity, and firmness of principle, his skill in business, and his uniform kindness and courtesy, made him a very valuable officer, and a most congenial associate. Office was no sinecure to him; not honor or profit, but duty, was always his watchword. He was a faithful servant in all the trusts confided to him. Within the last few weeks, although very feeble in health, he has several times encountered the inclemency of the weather on a winter's evening, or the exposure of a cold ride, that he might be at his post and discharge his duty as a member of the Standing Committee, and a Trustee of the Institute.
But I must not forget to speak of another very important and useful position which Mr. Cole filled in this parish. For 25 years he was the leader of the music of the Church. He possessed admirable musical powers; a thorough knowledge of music, excellent, taste and judgment, a fine ear and a voice of uncommon richness and power. Moreover he truly appreciated the proper character of the music which is suited to the house of God, and adapted to the services of our church. Sacred music was his delight and he devoted a large amount of time and effort to the advancement of the music of the church from the purest and highest. motives; because he loved God, and delighted in His holy house, and esteemed it a blessed duty and privilege to contribute of the fine gifts which God had bestowed on him for the beautifying of his worship.
But were I to speak of all the services of our venerated brother in the cause of Christ and His church I should have to go through the whole circle of his life; for in all that he was and had, and in all the relations which he sustained, he was a faithful servant of his heavenly Master. He used his worldly substance as a steward of God, regarding it as a trust committed to him by God, for which he must account to Him. Accordingly he expended it with conscientious and generous liberality for the advancement of Christ's kingdom, and for the good of his fellowmen. He was not a wealthy man, yet no one ever gave more largely than he to the maintenance of the church in this parish, and in the same spirit he contributed to every other good object that justly claimed his sympathy and aid.
Our brother was an humble, earnest, intelligent and hearty Christian. He served his heavenly Master amid his daily business, and in all the hourly duties and charities of the christian life, and he delighted in the holy services of God's house. None more constant than he; and none more reverent and fervent
at all our solemnities. Not only on the Lord's day but also whenever he could, during the week, he participated in all our appointed services. I am sure that the bishop and former pastor of this flock, whom our brother ever truly loved and venerated, will witness that he always found him a firm friend and judicious counsellor, and ready co-worker in all his pastoral work. Such has this dear christian father and friend ever been to me, during the seven years of my pastoral care of this flock.
Mr. Cole was an intelligent and firm Churchman, not only adhering to the Episcopal church from preference and earnest affection, but also from conscientious approval of its distinctive principles and practices, as being in accordance with the word of God, and the practice of the primitive church, and as being conducive to christian edification. Yet he always treated his brethren of other denominations with the utmost christian kindness and courtesy, and he gladly cooperated with them in many works of christian benevolence. The noble, manly form of our revered brother, and his bright, open countenance were but the outward signs of the large and warm and kindly heart which that form enshrined, He loved God and man. The poor on all sides were the constant recipients of his thoughtful kindness. He was the friend and protector of the widow and the fatherless; and he dispensed his kindness to the needy in the most considerate way; not only seeking to relieve their pressing wants, but studying also their improvement and gratification. His house was ever the abode of the most generous and kindly hospitality, and there, in his home, he shone with peculiar grace; the humble Christian, the courteous christian gentleman, the true friend, the intelligent, cultivated and genial companion. I may not here proceed and speak freely of the closer relations of that peaceful and refined christian home. Its precious memories are treasured in the hearts of its inmates, and especially in her heart who through all the useful and beautiful life of our friend was his efficient helper and comforter, and they will ever be a fountain of sad, sweet delight.
He died as he lived. In the intervals of consciousness he joined with us in prayer with his wonted reverence and earnestness; and the same sweet dignity, and gentleness of spirit, and kind consideration for others, marked his last days which had characterized his previous life, and on the evening of the Lord's day, December 18, 1864, he fell asleep in Jesus as gently as a child sinks to rest on its mother's breast.
BY GEORGE F. HOUGHTON, ESQ.
Franklin Bailey, a distinguished lawyer of the Chittenden County Bar, was born
in Guildhall, Essex Co.,
1821. He rose rapidly in his profession and was appointed State attorney for
under the name and style of Bailey & Marsh, which
partnership was continued until Mr. Bailey's death at
Mr. Bailey's peculiar talents as a lawyer consisted in his easy address and ability as a jury advocate. He was an earnest, fluent and forcible speaker as well to the court as to the jury, and his success in business was commensurate with his industry and talents. At the time of his death he was the candidate of the democratic party for Congress in opposition to the late Heman Allen and Truman Galusha.
In June, 1822, he was married to Catharine F. Hyde, of Grand Isle, daughter of the late Jedediah Hyde, Esq., who survives him with their two children, Marcia, wife of Louis Follett, Esq., of Burlington, and George Franklin Bailey, Esq., an attorney who is practicing his profession with ability and success at Chicago, Ill., where the widow now resides.
Soon after the decease of Mr. Bailey. the Burlington Sentinel contained an obituary notice of his death of which the following is an extract: "The prominent stations occupied by Mr. Bailey as a member of the bar, attorney of the county, and representative of Burlington in the State Legislature, and the talents and devotion to his trusts displayed by him as an advocate and public officer, strongly attached to him the confidence and respect of the community, and give poignancy to its unavailing regrets at the early and afflictive termination of his life, at a moment when the anticipations of his friends as to his future and more extensive usefulness were full of brightness and promise. In his private relations few men have exhibited more amiable dispositions or contributed more largely to the happiness of those to whom those relalations were sustained. Possessing a heart warmed with sympathies which shed the kindliest presence on the domestic and social circles as a brother, a husband, a neighbor, and friend, few men practiced with more assiduity the charities which enshrine those names in the memory of bereaved affection. Though taken away "in the midst of life," yet his friends have the rich consolation that to the eye of Christian faith and charity his last days were his best days, for, through Divine Grace, he was enabled to lay hold of the hopes of the Gospel, and in humble reliance upon the merits of his Redeemer, to commit his soul to a faithful Creator.
REV. ZADOCK THOMPSON.
BY REV. P. H. WHITE, OF
[From the Historical Magazine, Vol. III., No. 20.]
Thompson was the second son of Capt. Barnabas Thompson of
career as an author commenced with the preparation of an almanac for 1819. He
subsequently made astronomical calculations for a series of Vermont Registers,
1825 he was chosen a tutor in the