ame 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 attention was directed to what was probably a new subject of study, The evil results following the marriage of near blood Relatives.
With his thoroughness, he gathered many instances, and published and spoke.
The scrap book contains an interesting account of an address by him in Providence, in 1855.
The reporter was a trifle facetious, and this facetiousness did not tend to lessen the attacks made on Brooks through the columns of a paper printed in one of the localities mentioned.
Here is what the reporter made Mr. Brooks say:—
Inhabitants of the Bahamas haven't much brains and are homely as sin. Reason, they intermarry.
At Martha's Vineyard, they have
trees, so should good schoolemasters with good manners hedge wit and disposition of the scholar, whereby the blossoms of knowledge may the sooner encrease.
This tribute to Mr. Cummings' attainments and fidelity was given more than thirty years ago, and he has never in the intervening years, given occasion for one single word to be erased from it; exemplary and faithful and lovable to the end of his long 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' Hist