1878-1882. ÆT. 75-79.
Last Literary Labors. -- Addresses and Essays. -- "Lectures and Biographical Sketches." -- "Miscellanies."
THE, decline of Emerson's working faculties went on gently and gradually, but he was not condemned to entire inactivity. His faithful daughter, Ellen, followed him with assiduous, quiet, ever watchful care, aiding his failing memory, bringing order into the chaos of his manuscript, an echo before the voice whose words it was to shape for him when his mind faltered and needed a momentary impulse.
With her helpful presence and support he ventured from time to time to read a paper before a select audience. Thus, March 30, 1878, he delivered a Lecture in the Old South Church, -- "Fortune of the Republic." On the 5th of May, 1879, he read a Lecture in the Chapel of Divinity College, Harvard University, -- "The Preacher." In 1881 he read a paper on Carlyle before the Massachusetts Historical Society. -- He also published a paper in the "North American Review,"