more books, or the work that he did on the St. Nicholas or the Wide Awake, but of him as an inspirer of young life,—of a man, himself inspired, who was the cause of inspiration in others.
Mr. Butterworth told how William Lloyd Garrison had touched John G. Whittier, then a young man, on the shoulder, and said, You are a poet, and how Whittier, in turn, said the same to Lucy Larcom in her early life, and the results which followed from the words of encouragement.
N. Parker Willis and James T. Fields were others who inspired young writers.
In the same way, he said, Mr. Brooks had words of encouragement for young authors, and helped them along the difficult pathway to success.
Among the cases he cited without giving names was
one whose works have outsold nearly all others in the last ten or twenty years, and who had been told by Mr. Brooks what to do, and how to do it, in order to make his writings a success.
Mr. Brooks told this man how to make the imperfect perfect, and so