n September, 1838, a convention of the Plymouth County Association for the improvement of schools was held at Hanover to urge the establishment of a normal school in Plymouth County. Mr. Brooks saw the importance of the meeting and of the thoughts brought out, for later he had an abstract of the speeches printed for circulation.
To this meeting
Barnard's Journal of Education. Vol.
I, p. 587, has a full report of the meeting. Brooks succeeded in bringing as speakers, Horace Mann, Rev. Dr. George Putnam, Robert Rantoul, Jr., President John Quincy Adams and Daniel Webster.
Mr. Adams had previously declined, giving as his reason his ignorance of the subject, but Mr. Brooks wanted him and induced him to come.
Adams, the old man eloquent, was then deep in his contests over petitions to Congress.
Mr. Adams' speech shows that he had learned much at the convention.
Among other points he made was this: We see monarchs expending vast sums in educating the children of their poorest sub