his capacity as teacher he became a member of the Massachusetts Schoolmasters
' Club, and of the High Schoolmasters
Through all his adult life he was engaged in some form of literary work.
The result of much of this was published, but, besides these, a large collection of manuscript stories, essays, and addresses testify to his unremitting zeal.
While in Stoneham
he was a regular correspondent for some of the Boston
papers, and also special correspondent for Nantucket
during the summer months.
Although he always wrote over his own name on scientific subjects, he frequently used a non de plume
for his poems, essays and stories; among those used being F. Gerry, F. M. Arnold
, and Viator
. Articles from his pen are found in the Congregationalist, Gospel Banner, Our Continent, Good Times, Ladies' Repository
, Bay State Monthly
, besides several of the daily papers.
Of especial interest are his articles in the Bay State Monthly
on ‘The Washington Elm
and the Eliot Oak
,’ February, 1884, as foreshadowing the greater work-‘Typical Elms and Other Trees of Massachusetts
,’ which came several years later.
In November, 1884, he contributed to the Bay State Monthly
a carefully prepared paper on the Middlesex Canal
This same was later revised and appeared in its new form in the Medford Historical Register
His style of writing is well indicated in this article—clear, concise, and with a smoothness that pleases.
The organization of the Middlesex Institute
, which he was instrumental in founding, gave definiteness and direction to his scientific studies, and fixed in him a more definite purpose for greater undertakings than any he had tried before.
His position as president of the Middlesex Institute
gave him an intimate acquaintance with the leading botanists of the region, and soon he, in collaboration with Mr. Frank S. Collins
, undertook the preparation of a Flora of Middlesex County
, which was published in 1888.
This is a carefully prepared