The Early Years of the Saturday Club, 1855-1870

By Edward Waldo Emerson | Go to book overview

CHAPTER III
1856

Quotque aderant vates rebar adesse deos.1
OVID
And each inspired one here I'll count a god.

IT seems well in this chapter to tell, first, in what classes of men the original fourteen belonged; then, of the hostelry where they always met; and last, to try to describe them one by one.

Giving the men of letters, as most numerous, the first mention, there were four poets, one historian, one essayist, one biologist and geologist, one mathematician and astronomer, one classical scholar, one musical critic, one judge, two lawyers, and one banker. This classification is rude. Three of the poets were essayists; among the men of letters the professions were represented, for Holmes had been a practising physician, Emerson and Dwight had been clergymen. Lowell and Motley, later, represented their country in European Courts, and Dana refused such an opportunity; Judge Hoar became Attorney-General of the United States, and Felton became President of Harvard University, in which Agassiz, Longfellow, Lowell, and Peirce were professors. Peirce was the Superintendent of the Coast Survey. Ward, although the representative of a great English banking house, had marked artistic and literary gifts.

Very early, after the experimental gatherings at the Albion, the meeting-place where dinners were held was either the small front room on the second floor of "Parker's," or, when the Club grew larger, the large front room just west of it. The long windows looked out on the statue of Franklin, -- what a valuable member he would have made, had Time allowed it! -- in the open grounds of the City Hall.

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This is the motto written on the first leaf of Emerson's notebook of his friends which he named Gulistan.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Introductory xi
  • Chapter I - The Attraction 1
  • Chapter II - 1855-1856 The Saturday Club is Born Also the Magazine or Atlantic Club 11
  • Chapter III - 1856 21
  • Chapter IV - 1857 128
  • Chapter V - 1858 166
  • Chapter VI - 1859 197
  • Chapter VII - 1860 234
  • Chapter VIII - 1861 249
  • Chapter IX - 1862 287
  • Chapter X - 1863 309
  • Chapter XI - 1864 334
  • Chapter XII - 1865 392
  • Chapter XIII - 1866 407
  • Chapter XIV - 1867 428
  • Chapter XV - 1868 447
  • Chapter XVI - 1869 456
  • Chapter XVII - 1870 474
  • Index 503
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