read of the story, a document which Mr. Brooks drew up can be cited, as it contains in brief an exposition of the Prussian system.
This document was a petition
Barnard's Journal of Education. Vol.
XVII, p. 647. sent to the Legislature in January, 1837, by the Halifax Convention.
By the time of this convention, for which Mr. Brooks prepared the document, he had acquired a felicity and directness of expression by reason of his long experience in presenting the subject to many audiences.
essage as to whether it would not be well to arrange for a school commission.
The second event was an invitation from the Legislature that Mr. Brooks deliver an address before them on schools.
Hear his own words on this:—
One evening in January, 1837, I was sitting reading to my family when a letter was brought me from the friends of education in the Massachusetts Legislature, asking me to lecture on my hobby subject.
I was electrified with joy. The whole heavens, to my eyes, seemed now