"On Monday the 12th Instant died at Newbury, and this Day was decently interred here, Stephen Higginson, Esq; of this Town. He was in Commission for the Peace, and a Justice of the Court of Pleas for this County, and a Member of the Honorable House of Representatives. A Gentleman of a truly amiable Character, both in public and private Life; as he was a tender and instructive Father, a kind and loving Husband, a sincere and steady Friend, an accurate Merchant; an retained an unblemished Character, thro' the whole of his Trade and Business, which was extensive. A Person of strict Virtue and Religion, but free from shew and ostentation, which he always abhorred. As few Persons exceeded him in useful Knowledge and Capacity to serve the Public, so he was second to no Man in the Uprightness of his Intentions, the Sincerity of his Declarations and Integrity of his Actions. These Virtues being very conspicuous in him, rendered him a Gentleman of a rising Character, and his Death may be justly esteemed, not only a private but a public Loss." from the Boston New Letter, Salem, October 15th, 1761.
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