Honorable Richard Fletcher, 1788-1869

[Mentioned in Retrospection and Introspection, p. 6]

Richard Fletcher, a foremost lawyer of his day, was admitted to the bar in 1809 in New Hampshire. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he studied law with Daniel Webster at Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Fletcher often joined the Webster family in morning worship and was attending church with Webster when the latter professed his faith. A meditative sort of man, Fletcher took his religion seriously and thought that "to be a Christian without commanding a spontaneous and constant recognition of the fact from men of the world"' was "the greatest discredit." In 1819 he made Boston his home. He joined the Federal Street Baptist Church and was superintendent of its Sabbath School.

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