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Jabez S. Fitch, though not an early settler, deserves mention in this connection. He was a merchant, and a man of large means. In politics and religion he was radical and eccentric, but always sincere and conscientious. He was a strong temperance man, giving drinkers, even the most moderate, "war to the knife." He would admit of no palliating circumstances, listen to no explanation or apologies. The tap must be driven in and cut off, and the drinker humbled to the dust. Moral suasion upon his temperance principals consisted in instant surrender and annihilation. Of course, a man of such ultra creed and conduct had enemies; but, what did he care for that-was he not persecuted for righteousness' sake? His great enterprise in Marshall was the building of the Presbyterian church, of which he was an active and honored member. The writer was a witness to the execution of his will, signed,_ I think, but a few hours before he died. Mr. Fitch was held up in bed, the instrument placed upon the bible, and he signed it and attached his usual flourish thereto, with all the composure he would have signed a business letter. He died at his residence, now owned and occupied by Hon. Chas. T. Gorham. He died August 20th, 1843. Abner Pratt was a sound lawyer, and an able and incorruptible judge. He had a native aversion to rudeness and crime; culprits, therefore, were severely dealt with, sometimes, possibly, unmercifully so. He was prompt, decisive and bold. As a financier he was loose and extravagant, and failed to accumulate money. Of his honest and generous impulses no one doubts.

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