Emerson at Home and Abroad

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II. FORERUNNERS.

OF the founder of Concord, Peter Bulkeley, a very interesting account is given by Mr. W. Hale White in the "Athenæum" of May 13, 1882: -- "He wrote Latin verse with ease, and yet he was as fervent as Bunyan in all matters touching the soul and the soul's welfare. He loved his learning, and never forsook it, but it was subdued into the service of a Divine Master. His neighbours observed of him that whenever they came into his company, no matter what the business might be, he would 'let fall some holy, serious, divine, and useful sentences on them ere they parted;' and it is also recorded of him that, 'by a sort of winning and yet prudent familiarity, he drew persons of all ages to come and sit with him.' There was a quarrel in the church while he was minister over it, but he healed it at last, and afterwards he told his friends that he 'thereby came -- 1. to know more of God; 2. to know more of himself; 3. to know more of men.' His contemporaries seem to have been impressed with his kindness to his servants, for it remains on record, although the details of his life are so few. When they had lived with him a number of years, it was his practice to dismiss them, and bestow farms upon them.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • A Vigil. 1
  • I. Mayflowerings. 19
  • Ii. Forerunners. 28
  • Iii Three Fates. 41
  • Iv. a Boston Boy. 47
  • V. Student and Teacher. 51
  • Vi. Approbation. 58
  • Vii. Disapprobation. 67
  • Viii. a Sea-Change. 74
  • Ix. a Legend of Good Women. 81
  • X. the Wail of the Century. 90
  • Xi. Culture. 96
  • Xii. Eagle and Dove. 127
  • Xiii. Daily Bread. 132
  • Xiv. the Home. 139
  • Xv. Nature. 146
  • Xvi. Evolution. 154
  • Xvii. Sursum Corda. 162
  • Xviii. the Shot Heard Round the World. 167
  • Xix. Sangreal. 173
  • Xx. Building Tabernacles. 184
  • Xxi. a Six Years' Day-Dream. 194
  • Xxii. Lessons for the Day. 209
  • Xxiii. Concordia. 229
  • Xxiv. Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. 256
  • Xxv. Thoreau. 279
  • Xxvi. "The Coming Man." 290
  • Xxvii. the Python. 299
  • Xviii. Emerson in England. 316
  • Xxix. the Diadem of Days. 347
  • Xxx. Lethe. 378
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