[p. 23] Mr. Brooks
wanted him and induced him to come.
, ‘the old man eloquent,’ was then deep in his contests over petitions to Congress.
' 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 outdone by kings?’
Daniel Webster, the old reporter said, ‘addressed the assembly for half an hour in his usual style of eloquence.’
One of his statements must be noted: ‘Teachers should teach things.
It is a reproach that the public schools are not superior to the private.
If I had as many sons as old Priam, I would send them all to the public schools.’
With such speakers and with the changes rung on the old theme of Plymouth Rock
and the Old Colony, it is evident that any action a convention with such features might take, would carry weight.
The demand was that a normal school be located in Plymouth County
. One was eventually established at Bridgewater
, but instead of being the first, it was the third.
With this convention, Mr. Brooks
' immediate labors ceased.
About this time his name was suggested for the professorship of natural history in the University
of the City of New York
His brilliant work in aid of the educational cause was well known, and that alone should have secured him the appointment, but in addition, he had the endorsement of four such men as Jared Sparks
, Edward Everett
, Josiah Quincy
and John Quincy Adams
On receiving the appointment, he prepared to close his labors in Hingham
, and the pastorate was terminated January 1, 1839, after eighteen years of service.
If this paper were to end with this incident, the point made some time ago would be emphasized; namely, Mr. Brooks
' work had a definite beginning and a definite ending.
Possibly your interest, however, may be sufficient to cause you to ask as to his later life.
On receiving the appointment to this post, for which he had had