CHAPTER II
"FULL CIRCLE"

Emerson landed in New York, October 9, 1833. For almost fifty years, he was now to lead one of the most quiet, uniform, and orderly lives recorded in the annals of New England. The question of calling was to be permanently settled by his self-dedication to lecturing and preaching, with the gradual transfer of emphasis to the lectures and the slow, almost dilatory, discontinuance of the sermons. The question of residence, a matter of much previous uncertainty with the Emersons, was to be set at rest by his removal with his mother in 1834 to the town of Concord, where the remainder of his life was passed. The question of household was to be settled within two years by his marriage to Lydia Jackson of Plymouth, his lifelong companion and his survivor. Even the detail of domicile was to be fixed in the same peremptorily final manner by the purchase of a house in Concord which was to shelter the family until it burned in 1872, and to be rebuilt, with the same nicety of conservatism, on the old site and the old plan. He was to establish a plain and decorous modus vivendi, the routine of which was to be interrupted only by the gradually widening circuits of his lectures which were themselves phases in a larger routine. He was to form, and cherish inflexibly, a few clearly defined friendships. He was to have a reputation for assiduity and

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  • Chapter II: - "Full Circle" 45
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