871 it was opened every evening except Sunday and Wednesday, and also on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
By act of the Legislature the dog tax was devoted to the use of the library.
In 1872 the charging system of the Boston Public Library was substituted for the ledger system, which had up to this time been used.
In 1875 was the generous donation by Mr. Thacher Magoun of the present home of the library.
In 1886 about $20 was received as income of the fund left to the library by Miss Lucy Osgood.
In 1897 the library received a gift of $500 under the will of Mrs. Adeline A. Munroe, formerly with her husband, the late Mr. Charles Munroe, a resident of this city.
This was given at the request of her husband, in consideration of the pleasure derived from the library by him.
In 1876 a branch delivery was established at West Medford, 1886 at Glenwood, 1890 at Wellington.
The first law passed in Massachusetts, in 185, authorizing any town to establish and maintain a free publ
ur ministrations, and ready to aid you in your holy work.
Fortunately it is possible to describe Dr. Osgood by means of his contemporaries and friends.
Miss Lucy Osgood wrote of her father, May 6, 1848:
My father was born in Andover, October, 1747.
I do not remember the day of the month, as he was never in the habit orepresented.
Nevertheless, the lion heart is often the kindest of hearts.
Two volumes of his collected and printed sermons came to me from his daughter, Miss Lucy Osgood, a woman of rare learning and worth.
Consequently I have a clearer and more definite opinion of him than of the others I have sketched.
While one cannot get the same impression of a strong preacher from reading as from hearing him, and must miss his personal quality, still there was enough of this in Dr. Osgood to fill his words, and to breathe from the printed page though it has grown sere with age. His was a strong and virile mind, with a firm grasp of whatever subject he undertoo
sonal charms, and felt it a duty to preserve her own sweetness.
When past the meridian of life, her hair and teeth were as beautiful as those of a young girl.
I should say that a keen sense of truth and justice, and the most delicate perceptions, and actual worship of beauty, were the predominant traits of her character.
As residents of Medford, the lapse of years seems to be bridged, and we join hands in a nearer and more personal introduction to Mrs. Brooks, through a letter from Miss Lucy Osgood.
She writes: I have a dim recollection of a lady walking out at odd hours, and dressed in white at odd seasons, and of being told she was Mrs. Brooks, of the Gowen family, a poetess.
She and her family soon disappeared, and I afterward found, chiefly through a long, respectful article in one of the English reviews, that we had a flower of genius among us, and in our stupidity knew it not.
Miss Eunice Hall also describes her as a very handsome lady of winning manners, purest blonde