ten thousand dollars for normal schools if the Legislature would appropriate an equal amount, the act was passed.
On April 19, 1838, the gift was accepted, the appropriation made, and normal schools began their course.
The donor of the ten thousand dollars was Edmund Dwight,
Memoir of Edmund Dwight, by Francis Bowen.
Barnard's Journal of Education, Vol.
IV, p. 14. a Boston merchant.
In addition to his general lecturing, Brooks worked for a normal school in Plymouth County.
In September, 1838, a convention of the Plymouth County Association for the improvement of schools was held at Hanover to urge the establishment of a normal school in Plymouth County. Mr. Brooks saw the importance of the meeting and of the thoughts brought out, for later he had an abstract of the speeches printed for circulation.
To this meeting
Barnard's Journal of Education. Vol.
I, p. 587, has a full report of the meeting. Brooks succeeded in bringing as speakers, Horace Mann, Rev. Dr. George Putn