About this time his name was suggested for the professorship of natural history in the University of the City of New York.
His brilliant work in aid of the educational cause was well known, and that alone should have secured him the appointment, but in addition, he had the endorsement of four such men as Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, Josiah Quincy and John Quincy Adams.
On receiving the appointment, he prepared to close his labors in Hingham, and the pastorate was terminated January 1, 1839, after eighteen years of service.
If this paper were to end with this incident, the point made some time ago would be emphasized; namely, Mr. Brooks' work had a definite beginning and a definite ending.
Possibly your interest, however, may be sufficient to cause you to ask as to his later life.
On receiving the appointment to this post, for which he had had no special training, he entered upon a preparation.
As the best place for study of the subject was Paris, he went abroad Sep