839, 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 September, 1839, and there remained four years. I have not learned whether on his return, in 1843, he entered actively upon the duties of his position.
If he did, it was for but a short time, for through failing eyesight, he was compelled to resign.
One result of this foreign study was the compilation of a text-book entitled Elements of Ornithology, a copy of which he gave to the library at Harvard University.
Two years later, that is, 1845, we find him on the Boston school committee, and, as usua