mother, the very dearest of my kindred. To speak of his
beautiful character as I cherish it, would require more
space than this little book can afford.
My brother Albert was graduated at Dartmouth College
in 1834, and was reputed one of the most talented,
close, and thorough scholars ever connected with that
institution. For two or three years he read law at Hillsborough,
in the office of Franklin Pierce, afterwards President
of the United States; but later Albert spent a year
in the office of the Hon. Richard Fletcher of Boston.
He was consequently admitted to the bar in two States,
Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In 1837 he succeeded
to the law-office which Mr. Pierce had occupied,
and was soon elected to the Legislature of his native State,
where he served the public interests faithfully for two
consecutive years. Among other important bills which
were carried through the Legislature by his persistent energy
was one for the abolition of imprisonment for debt.
In 1841 he received further political preferment, by
nomination to Congress on a majority vote of seven
thousand, - it was the largest vote of the State; but he
passed away at the age of thirty-one, after a short illness,
before his election. His noble political antagonist, the
Hon. Isaac Hill, of Concord, wrote of my brother as
"Albert Baker was a young man of uncommon promise.
Gifted with the highest order of intellectual powers, he trained
and schooled them by intense and almost incessant study
throughout his short life. He was fond of investigating abstruse
and metaphysical principles, and he never forsook
them until he had explored their every nook and corner,
however hidden and remote. Had life and health been spared
to him, he would have made himself one of the most distinguished
men in the country. As a lawyer he was able and
learned, and in the successful practice of a very large business.
He was noted for his boldness and firmness, and for his powerful
advocacy of the side he deemed right. His death will be
deplored, with the most poignant grief, by a large number of
friends, who expected no more than they realized from his
talents and acquirements. This sad event will not be soon
forgotten. It blights too many hopes; it carries with it too
much of sorrow and loss. It is a public calamity."