tories; Biographies of Eminent Men and Women, two volumes; Letters of a Foreign Correspondent; a Daily Monitor; a Prayer Book; Prussian System of Education; System of Education in Holland; a book on Ornithology, and many sermons and lectures.
He was a pioneer in the cause of training teachers for their work; by his constant writing and lecturing on the subject, caused the normal school system to be adopted in Massachusetts.
Mr. Brooks also wrote, by request of the citizens, The Tornado of 1851, an account of the devastation of the same in Medford and West Cambridge.—Editor.
The Rev. Andrew Bigelow published a minute account of his travels in North Britain and Ireland, also a journal of a tour through Malta and Sicily; and many sermons.
The Rev. Nathaniel Hall published sermons and discourses.
The Rev. John Pierpont, poet and author, was one of the most celebrated divines of Medford.
He wrote the Portrait in 1812; Airs of Palestine, 1816, published with added poems in 185
e mortar being used in these, while the chimney itself was of a different kind of bricks, laid in clay mortar, with square tile for hearths.
The house was at the time of its erection a pretentious one as to style, and had the peculiarity of long windows reaching the ceiling, with blinds on the outside, made in one leaf instead of two.
Some of these still remained.
Probably those of two leaves that were in such marked contrast to the former replaced those destroyed in the great tornado of 1851.
The outside finish about the front door was an elaborate piece of workmanship, while the door, of more modern construction, had on its inside the old-fashioned barn-door hinges of wrought iron, probably made by the village blacksmith of long ago.
About 1830 a swarm of bees took possession of a vacant space in the roof near the attic floor, remaining there several years.
In the demolition of the house the workmen found evidences of the same on the boards and timbers.
passers, or the teasing of ill-mannered youths who need the parental discipline of birch or shingle; but such were the conditions of those days.
Of this latter, mention is made advisedly, for in 1831 the schoolhouse, built elsewhere two years before, was moved into the corner of the almshouse lot, as a more convenient site, and fronted on the canal lane.
In 1835 the Lowell railroad was opened for travel, having been constructed through the town's land and within two rods of the house.
In 1851 the great tornado which wrought such havoc in West Cambridge (now Arlington) and Medford totally wrecked this schoolhouse, but did little damage to the almshouse.
Fortunately there were no children hurt in the schoolhouse wreck, as it was vacation time, but the school was to have opened two days later.
It is said, however, that the great September gale of 1815 blew down the chimneys and broke the almshouse windows badly.
In 1853, Medford having built a new (the present) almshouse, this h