te 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 circular which he had carefully prepared and had printed as a broadside, containing sixteen hundred words.
The date was November 10, 1836, and the convention was not to meet until December 7, nearly a month later.
But communication was slow in those days.
After a brief appeal by way of introduction, he said:—
In order that we may do something I would propose that a convention of delegates from the several towns in the county meet at Plymouth in Court Week (Wednesday, December 7, at 6 P. M.), to discuss the merits of the greatly improved modes of elementary instruction which have been in most successful operatio