(The last half of 1824, from "XV," "XVI," and "XVIII," 2d)
[FOR the next few years, Mr. Emerson kept several journals or note-books, the distinction between which is not strictly followed, with entries of dates covering several years. Therefore it seems better to avoid confusion by grouping the selections by years, rather than by separate note-books. It will be specified from what manuscript book the selections for each year were taken.
It must be understood, then, that, in this part of the work, the heading for each year given by the editors, Journal, --, does not signify a separate manuscript, but a combination; and yet, unfortunately, three of the journals that are here drawn upon have the Roman numerals xv, xvi, and xviii, 2d, given by Mr. Emerson.]