1868-1873. Æt. 65-70.
Lectures on the Natural History of the Intellect.--Publication
of "Society and Solitude." Contents: Society and Solitude.
-- Civilization. -- Art. -- Eloquence. -- Domestic Life. --
Farming. -- Works and Days. -- Books. -- Clubs. -- Cour-
age. -- Success. -- Old Age. -- Other Literary Labors. --
Visit to California -- Burning of his House, and the Story
of its Rebuilding. -- Third Visit to Europe. -- His Reception
at Concord on his Return.
DURING three successive years, 1868, 1869, 1870, Emerson delivered a series of Lectures at Harvard University on the "Natural History of the Intellect." These Lectures, as I am told by Dr. Emerson, cost him a great deal of labor, but I am not aware that they have been collected or reported. They will be referred to in the course of this chapter, in an extract from Prof. Thayer's "Western Journey with Mr. Emerson." He is there reported as saying that he cared very little for metaphysics. It is very certain that he makes hardly any use of the ordinary terms employed by metaphysicians. If he does not hold the words "subject and object" with their adjectives, in the same contempt that Mr.