Letters have been found from Sumner, Banks, Boutwell, Garfield, Winthrop, and others, all of which show that he put his case in such a way as to receive attention.
The measure as passed by Congress shows that a National Board of Education was established along the same lines that he urged the State of Massachusetts to adopt thirty years before; namely, education is a matter of national concern.
After this, he seems to have lived in retirement and an honored old age. He died at Medford, July 7, 1872, nearly seventy-seven years of age, leaving one son who died unmarried, in 1885.
It is doubtful if again an attempt will be made to prepare a paper on the work of Charles Brooks for Normal Schools.
It seems, therefore, that I should submit to you at this time what is the conclusion of my delving as an educational antiquary, a personification of Mr. Brooks' fancy of sixty years ago.
There are three men who will stand out above others in the history of that time: Carter, who showed