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cause of popular education. As a teacher, superintendent, and writer upon educational topics for more than a third of a century, he has ranked among the foremost educators of this country. Wise and discreet in counsel, energetic and enthusiastic in action, helpful and sympathetic in his relations with his co-workers, he left behind him a record full of inspiration and worthy of imitation.

Resolved, That the cause of general education has sustained a heavy loss in being deprived of his zeal, energy, and wisdom, which have pre-eminently characterized his long career.

Resolved, That the Department of Superintendence especially desires to recognize the eminent services of Mr. Philbrick in this special field of educational work, in which he labored nearly a quarter of a century, achieving not only a national, but a world-wide reputation as a superintendent of instruction,

Resolved, That these resolutions be entered upon the minutes of this department, and that a copy of them be sent to Mrs. Philbrick, to whom we tender our sincere sympathy in her great bereavement.



Sec. Dep't of Superintendence.


The trustees of the Philbrick-James Library, having learned with deep regret of the death of Hon. John D. Philbrick, desire to place on record their appreciation of his worth as a man, of his long and successful labor as an educator, and especially of his interest in, and his services for the Philbrick-James Library.

Personally and as a Board we lament the loss sustained by his native town and by the Library which bears his name. His interest in both was great, and the aid rendered in selecting the Library was invaluable.

His thorough knowledge of the wants of the community and his intimate acquaintance with books enabled him to make the Library of the greatest possible value.

We express our sense of the salutary influence the Library has exerted, and feel that in it Mr. Philbrick has a memorial in the contemplation of which his friends may well be gratified.

We extend to his widow our sympathy in her great sorrow, and have instructed our Secretary to forward to her and to place on our records this expression of our appreciation of Dr. Philbrick's worth, and the greatness of his love.

Deerfield, N. H., March 4, 1886.


The following communication to the Journal of Education will explain itself :

Dear Sir:- I could write a volume without exhausting the expression of my admiration and love for the life and work of Dr. Philbrick. But you have no room, and I lack ability. Herewith please find an expression of my associates.

Very respectfully, AARON GOVE.

At the meeting of the teachers of District No. 1, after the superintendent had announced by appropriate remarks the death of Dr. Philbrick, at his home at Asylum Station, Massachusetts, a committee, representing the three several departments, – primary, grammar, and high schools, - was appointed to prepare fitting resolutions of respect.

The Committee prepared the following, which were adopted :

With the death of John D. Philbrick, we realize the loss to the profession of one of the ablest, truest, and noblest of schoolmasters ; of a life devoted to the interests of public education, stopped in the midst of its best efforts.

Along with the thousand other tributes that will be presented, the teachers of Denver beg leave to submit, in token of their respect to his memory, an expression of their kind remembrance of his life and works, and of their high appreciation of the magnitude and value of his career to the school world of America and Europe, and offer the prayer that many teachers of this land may follow in the footsteps of their cherished friend whom the Lord has called home.

They tender their sympathy, first, to the bereaved widow, and, second, to all friends, and rejoice with them that the memories of his pure life are so redolent with all that is sacred and lovely.


N. B. Coy, Denver, Col., Feb. 6, 1886. HELEN DILL.


At the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Quincy School Association of Boston, held Feb. 12, the following testimonial to the late Dr. John D. Philbrick was unanimously adopted, and it was voted that a copy be sent to the family of the deceased :

We, the officers and members of the Quincy School Association of Boston, desirous of expressing our heartfelt sorrow at the death of the late Dr. John D. Philbrick, the first master of our school, lovingly place upon the records of the Association this expression of our esteem and affection for our former teacher and early friend.

We deeply feel the loss which not only this Associ. ation, but the cause of education in general, has sustained in being deprived of the zeal, energy, and wisdom which characterized his administration of the various offices which he was called upon to fill, and for which he was so eminently qualified.

We personally lament the loss to this Association of one of its chief officers, whose hearty interest in its formation was an earnest manifestation of his affection for his former pupils in the school organized and made practically successful by his personal exertions and enthusiasm.

We bear our testimony to his abounding kindness and amiability amid the vexations of the schoolroom, and to the unconcealed affection which he bore for all with whom he was associated.

We tender to the widow and relatives our sincere sympathy in their bereavement. Sorrowing at the departure of husband and friend, they are yet blessed in the memory of his worth and the fact that thousands mourn with them, and bear unanimous testimony to his superior qualities of mind and heart.

B. W. PUTNAM, First Vice-Prest.


School F. W. BULLARD, Treas.

Association, C. H. BRIGHAM, Şec.


The following is a copy of the resolutions passed by the Trustees of Bates College in reference to the death of your late husband :

Resolved, That we recognize in the death of Hon. John D. Philbrick, LL.D., for many years an honored member of our Board, the departure of one of the most helpful and zealous friends of this college, whose valuable services and hopeful spirit, remembered with gratitude, remain as an inspiration to our work; a gentleman of genial and catholic mind, whose services, of inestimable value to the educational interests of the nation, fitly received the highest national recognition.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to Mrs. Philbrick, to whom we tender our sincerest sympathy.

O. B. CHENEY, Prest.

L. G. JORDAN, Sec. Lewiston, Maine, July 12, 1886.


DEERFIELD, N. H., March, 1886. The Resolutions herewith enclosed represent the action taken by the people of Deerfield on the death of Hon. John D. Philbrick.

Very respectfully,

G. B. HOITT, Town Clerk.

The citizens of the town of Deerfield, having learned with regret of the death of Hon. John D. Philbrick, would place on their records and transmit to his family, a

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