On April 4, 1844, Emerson wrote to his friend W. H. Furness:
I have just done with The Dial. Its last number is printed; and having lived four years, which is a Presidential term in America, it may respectably end. I have continued it for some time against my own judgment to please other people, and though it has now some standing and increasing favour in England, it makes a very slow gain at home, and it is for home that it is designed. It is time that each of the principal contributors to it should write in their own names, and go to their proper readers. In New England its whole quadrennium will be a pretty historiette in literary annals. I have been impatient to dismiss it as I am a very unable editor, and only lose good time in my choosing and refusing and patching, that I want for more grateful work.1
Such was Emerson attitude after his dismal experiences with The Dial. But it was not long before he and his more intimate associates were sketching plans for a new periodical, which, as Theodore Parker wrote to a friend, was to be a tremendous publication, "with ability in its arms and piety in its heart."2
An entry in Emerson's journal made during the month of May, 1847, provides information as to the identity of the chief movers of the project:
Yesterday, Theodore Parker, W. H. Channing, Charles Sumner , Alcott, Thoreau, Elliot Cabot, Dwight, Stone, Weiss, J. F. Clarke, Stetson, and Mr. Arrington of Texas spent the day with me and discussed the project of the journal. George Bradford and I made fourteen.3
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Publication information: Book title: The Periodicals of American Transcendentalism. Contributors: Clarence L. F. Gohdes - Author. Publisher: Duke University Press. Place of publication: Durham, NC. Publication year: 1931. Page number: 157.
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