e 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 Society for Ministerial Relief.
In 1853, he printed a small slip on colored paper, announcing the preparation of a History of Medford, which was published two years later, in 1855.
The press comments are preserved in the scrap book.
At the same time, his
ng and useful life.
He was greatly interested in promoting the welfare of Medford.
In 1855, he was one of three appointed to consider the advisability of establishing a public library.
It was founded mainly through his efforts, and he was one of its first trustees, and for several years served as its librarian.
Since his retirement, he has been very active with his pen, writing much local history; reminiscences of the old stage coach and Middlesex Canal days; sketches of the town from 1850 to 1860.
He was of great assistance to Mr. Usher in his revision of the old Brooks' History of Medford,—has written a history of the Medford High School,—has collected and tabulated complete genealogical records of his ancestors from 1630, and of his wife's family from the days of the Pilgrims in Holland.
The Medford Historical Society is indebted to him for a very interesting and valuable paper, giving a very comprehensive history of the Mystic Congregational Church, of which he was clerk