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We need stimulus, and encouragement to face the discipline awaiting us in deep books. He who, having read Prescott, was content to read no farther would be an odd sort of student; but not so odd as he who labored under the impression that Prescott was a historian whom he could afford to do without.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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HIS LIFE

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He clerical profession was in a manner hered

itary in the Emerson race. With a single exception there was a minister in each of six generations descending from Thomas Emerson of Ipswich, Massachusetts. For this one lapse compensation was made; another generation furnished the colony with three ministers.

For nearly a century and a half the history of the family has centred in Concord, Massachusetts. The house known as the ‘Old Manse' was built in 1765 by William Emerson, the young minister of the First Church. Gentle in spirit, he was an ardent patriot and in Revolutionary times won the name

G. W. Cooke: Ralph Waldo Emerson, bis Life, Writings, and Philosophy, fifth edition, 1882.

0. W. Holmes: Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Men of Letters,' 1885.

J. E. Cabot: A Memoir of Ralph Waldo Emerson, third edition, 1888,

Richard Garnett: Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Great Writers,' 1888. E. W. Emerson: Emerson in Concord, 1889.

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