Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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LIFE OF EMERSON.

CHAPTER 1.

ON May 25, 1803, William Emerson, minister of the First Church in Boston, was among the listeners to the Election Sermon preached "to great acceptance," by the Rev. Mr. Puffer. Whether he had left home in spite of inward monitions that he ought to remain, we are not informed; but, if misgivings he had, they were insufficient to prevent his presence at the dinner at Governor Strong's, in which the observance of the day culminated. While sitting at the Governor's table, his enjoyment of the repast was enhanced or interrupted by the tidings of an increase to his family : Ralph Waldo Emerson, William's fourth child and third son, having meanwhile been added to the population of Boston, "within a kitestring of the birthplace of Benjamin Franklin." The usual hour of dinner was then one. Ten hours sooner, allowing for the difference of Greenwich and Boston time, Old England had been enriched by the birth of

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Note. 9
  • Life of Emerson 11
  • Chapter 1 11
  • Chapter II 36
  • Chapter III 57
  • Chapter IV 81
  • Chapter V 111
  • Chapter VI 137
  • Chapter VII 162
  • Chapter VIII 187
  • Index 201
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