e undertaking, it seemed to them to be well to hold a meeting at which the historical features might be treated.
It was to this meeting that Charles Brooks was invited.
The record of the meeting is most valuable, for here we find at first hand the stories of those concerned, and the particular work of each is described.
The invitation Brooks received was from the committee, that he attend The Quarter Centennial Normal School Celebration at Framingham, July 1, 1864.
The secretary, George N. Bigelow, added a few lines to the printed form which are suggestive.
It seems best that we should hear from your own lips something of the work that you did in the establishing of Normal Schools. . . . I am sorry that I was so ignorant of your great labors in this work of Normal Schools.
But then, when you were so gloriously engaged, I was just entering my teens, and what should a mere boy be expected to know of what you have so long kept in silence for the sake of your children?
his wife shall be removed from the tomb in which they had been deposited, and placed by his side.
On Sunday he saw Rev. Mr. Bigelow for the first time, making a great effort to gratify him and his other friends by an expression of his views and fevery pleasant and extremely gratifying to Gov. Brooks.
While we were standing under the leafy arch erected just below Mr. Bigelow's, waiting his approach, I asked Colonel Pickering who was with Gov. Brooks, if the Marquis was much altered.
In repl to be again, here, nor hereafter.
To return: a small party dined with Gov. Brooks,—among the rest Charles Brooks and Mr. Bigelow.
The former I have not seen since, but Mr. Bigelow acknowledged that dissatisfaction so often felt in the presence ofMr. Bigelow acknowledged that dissatisfaction so often felt in the presence of great characters from whose conversation we have anticipated a fund of delight.
Indeed, the Marquis speaks English too imperfectly to display any colloquial talents if he possesses them.
Inauguration of President Quincy.
Letter June 6,