THE CLOSING YEARS.
IF we except the wearisome period of illness, extending from Oct. 24, 1882, to March 4, 1888, the later years of Bronson Alcott's life were singularly complete and felicitous. What he had anticipated and aimed at in youth and middle life had come to pass in his old age, — not exactly as he had projected it, but in certain results far beyond his temporal expectation. For who could have foreseen in 1835, when Garrison was so near death in Boston, or in 1859, when John Brown was executed in Virginia, that the great sin of slavery would have been removed and expiated in the lifetime of Alcott? Upon reading his last completed work, the "Sonnets," 1 at the____________________