nvention 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 subjects, and shall we be
In Charlestown, Capt. Lemuel Cox, an eminent mechanic, aged 65.
The funeral will proceed from his late dwelling house in Charlestown, tomorrow, at half past 3 o'clock; where his friends and relations are requested to attend without further invitation.
This was his obituary by the newspaper of the period.
My interest, primarily, in the subject of this sketch, was aroused from the credit given him as builder of Charlestown Bridge.
I was, therefore, somewhat surprised when former Mayor Rantoul of Salem stated before the Essex Institute, of which he was the president, in an article on the Essex Bridge at its centennial, that the builders made terms with Lemuel Cox, an eminent English engineer, to build the bridge.
A few years later I read on Waterford Bridge, in Ireland, that it was built by Mr. Lemuel Cox, a native of Boston, in America, Architect; and visiting at the same time Wexford, New Ross, and Londonderry, I learned of his work there.
In recent years, in investigati