a long one, but that was a characteristic of the meetings of that time.
The names of twelve of the speakers are given in the report in the Hingham paper, prepared by Mr. Brooks, and among them are found Unitarian and Trinitarian Congregationalists, Baptists, and Methodists.
One sentence from the report must suffice: It seemed deeply impressed on many minds that Sabbath-schools were to be the means of renovating the church, of reforming society, of saving the world.
Hingham Gazette, April 15, 1836.
By the autumn of 1836 Brooks had had enough experience in the presentation of his subject to enable him to formulate a definite plan of campaign, and that this plan was successful the sequel shows.
The changes of the last seventy years have already been spoken of. Here is another instance, for the method Brooks adopted successfully then would hardly attract attention now, even if it did not defeat the purpose entirely.
His plan was to call a convention.
First, he sent out a cir