Birthplace. -- Boyhood. -- College Life. 1803-1823. To ÆT. 20.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 25th of May, 1803.
He was the second of five sons; William, R. W., Edward Bliss, Peter Bulkeley, and Charles Chauncy.
His birthplace and that of our other illustrious Bostonian, Benjamin Franklin, were within a kite-string's distance of each other. When the baby philosopher of the last century was carried from Milk Street through the narrow passage long known as Bishop's Alley, now Hawley Street, he came out in Summer Street, very nearly opposite the spot where, at the beginning of this century, stood the parsonage of the First Church, the home of the Reverend William Emerson, its pastor, and the birthplace of his son, Ralph Waldo. The oblong quadrangle between Newbury, now Washington Street, Pond, now Bedford Street, Summer Street, and the open space called Church Green, where the New