A. Bronson Alcott, His Life and Philosophy - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER X.

LIFE IN BOSTON. - TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUBS.

SOON after the Alcotts took up their abode in Boston, in 1848, where Mrs. Alcott was engaged as a friendly visitor among the poor, and thus was able to contribute largely to the support of the family, Mr. Alcott began to hold those conversations at his rooms in West Street of which some report has already been given. Chiefly at his suggestion, early in 1849, a club was organized with a remarkable list of members, and a name chosen by Emerson, which was afterward perpetuated by Colonel Higginson in a more permanent organization at Newport. As finally constituted in July, 1849, there were a hundred and four members. 1 The Town and Country Club

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These are the names of the earlier members invited by Mr. Alcott to meet for organization: R. Waldo Emerson, William Lloyd Garrison, Theodore Parker, William Henry Channing, A. Bronson Alcott, Wendell Phillips, Thomas T. Stone, F. Henry Hedge, Samuel G. Howe, J. Freeman Clarke, Edmund Quincy, John W. Browne, J. Elliot Cabot, T. Starr King, J. Russell Lowell, Samuel G.

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