Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 9

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 9

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Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 9

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 9

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1856

(From Journals ro, do, so and ZO)

[All page references to passages from the Journals used by
Mr. Emerson in his published works are to the Centenary
Edition, 1903-05.]

[THE new year found Mr. Emerson in the West where he gave a lecture almost every weekday night through January, in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. the exposure and discomfort were great, but he bore them as a philosopher should. On January 3, he wrote: “A cold, raw country this, and plenty of night travelling and arriving at four in the morning to take the last and worst bed in the tavern. Advancing day brings mercy and favor to me, but not the sleep…. Mercury 15 below zero. … I find well-disposed, kindly people among these sinewy farmers of the North, but in all that is called cultivation they are only ten years old ; so that there is plenty of non-adaptation and yawning gulfs never bridged in this ambitious lyceum system they are trying to import.” and . . .

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