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 usual, active in the work.
In 1848, still carrying out his old desire to do something conce
was spent as assistant in Kimball Union Academy, at Meriden, N. H.
He graduated from Dartmouth in 1842, in a class numbering 85, the largest in the history of the college, prior to the presidency of Dr. Tucker.
Of this class but one is now living, Dr. John P. Perry of Exeter, N. H.
After his graduation, he was solicited to take charge of the Academy at Pepperel, which he did for a single term only, previous to entering the Theological Seminary at Andover.
During the long vacation of 1843, he was a teacher in the Academy at Wakefield, N. H., and in May, 1844, he became principal of the Academy in Abington, Mass. The next year he returned to Andover and graduated in 1846, fully expecting to devote his life to the ministry; but his health having become impaired during his last term at the Theological School, it seemed better for him to defer, for a season at least, entering the ministry as he had planned, and to engage for a while in teaching, for which his previous experience h