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 concerning a cause which aroused sympathy, he instituted the Society for the Relief of Aged and Destitute Clergymen, of which he, with Francis Parkman and Ephraim Peabody, were the incorporators, in 1850.
That society now has funds of nearly two hundred thousand dollars, and is aiding twenty beneficiaries in sums varying from one to five hundred dollars a year.
The name has lately been changed from that given by Brooks, and is now the Socie