t Day, 1836, could bring together in his church at Hingham an inter-denominational convention to consider Sunday-school work.
He made the opening address, in which he dealt with the necessity of applying recognized educational methods to Sunday-school teaching.
The meeting must have been a long one, but that was a characteristic of the meetings of that time.
The names of twelve of the speakers are given in the report in the Hingham paper, prepared by Mr. Brooks, and among them are found Unitarian and Trinitarian Congregationalists, Baptists, and Methodists.
One sentence from the report must suffice: It seemed deeply impressed on many minds that Sabbath-schools were to be the means of renovating the church, of reforming society, of saving the world.
Hingham Gazette, April 15, 1836.
By the autumn of 1836 Brooks had had enough experience in the presentation of his subject to enable him to formulate a definite plan of campaign, and that this plan was successful the sequel show
ence in the same home and city.
Mrs. Hayes is described as being of a stately and dignified demeanor—a lady of the old school—peculiarly so, of extensive reading, in which she took delight, and of a retentive memory.
As the days of her infancy occurred in the transition period of town and parish in Medford, her youthful years were identical with the early years of several lines of church activity, and she was brought up in the atmosphere of the First Parish Church, becoming a devoted Unitarian, to which faith she continued loyal during her long life.
Obeying the apostolic injunction, give attention to reading, she found solace and comfort not only in the secular literature of the day but in the religous publications and especially in her church paper, the Christian Register.
After thirteen years of widowhood and after but a brief illness, she entered into the future life on September 2, 1906.
While loyal to the faith in which she was reared, she was courteous to and to