Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson - Vol. 2

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JOURNAL XIX

(From " Sermons and Journals," 1828-29, and Cabot
Q and R)

[SOME letters, written by Emerson to his brothers and aunt during the winter and spring of this year, which are quoted by Mr. Cabot in his Memoirs, show the good sense with which at this critical period he yielded to necessity instead of fighting Fate, like his brother Edward. Thus the elder brother saved and the valiant younger brother lost his life. In one of these letters, Waldo says: "I am living cautiously, yea, treading on eggs, to strengthen my constitution. It is a long battle this of mine between life and death. . . . So I never write when I can walk, and especially when I can laugh." This accounts for the scanty journal-writing in this year, and he refused many flattering invitations to preach. Thus his proper health gradually reasserted itself.]

(From Cabot's R)

January, 1828.

Montaigne says he is sorry Brutus's treatise on Virtue is lost, because he would hear one,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Journal XV 3
  • Journal XVI 1825 36
  • Journal XVII 70
  • Journal XIX 227
  • Journal Minister of the Second Church of Boston *
  • Journal Xxt 1829 257
  • Journal XXII From 1831 353
  • Journal XXIII 1832 From Ω (blotting Book Iii) Ψ and Q The Good Ear (from Ω) 444
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