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RALPH WALDO EMERSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 9/12 - HFSID 350480

Autograph Letter signed: "R. W. Emerson". In black ink. 3p, conjoined leaves, 9¾ x 7. Concord, September 12. To “Hon L. Stanley”. In full: “Dear Mr. Stanley, / I was in Boston on Saturday, but could not find you at your Hotel.

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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Autograph Letter signed: "R. W. Emerson". In black ink. 3p, conjoined leaves, 9¾ x 7. Concord, September 12. To “Hon L. Stanley”. In full: “Dear Mr. Stanley, / I was in Boston on Saturday, but could not find you at your Hotel. I wished to beg you to fix a a day when you will visit our village. Will you come & dine with me on Thursday of this week? Take the Fitchburg train at 11 o'c A.M. : you will arrive at noon, &, if it's a fair day, we can show you our meadows before dinner. I have much to hear from you of Oxford & of London. If Thursday does not suite you, will Friday? Or Saturday? With great regards, yours,” In September 1864, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote this note to the Honorable Edward Lyulph Stanley, who was visiting the United States during the Civil War. As friend and correspondent of Emerson, Thomas Carlyle had written the author in March of that year expressing that his letter would be delivered by the young Stanley, the son of Lord Edward John Stanley, postmaster general of England and relative of form Prime Minister Edward George Stanley. Scottish essayist and historian Carlyle had met Emerson on the latter's first European tour (1832-1833); they consulted each other on their work and delved into transcendentalism, sharing and molding its spiritual philosophies. Emerson would answer Carlyle's letter on September 26, 1864, espousing on the War and Stanley's concept and understanding of the great struggle. Emerson expressed his wish to have visite with Stanley longer. Tape residue from previous mounting visible on verso. Vertical crease at center, otherwise fine condition. Framed to an overall size of 39x21.

A former Unitarian minister who left his pastorate because of doctrinal disputes with superiors, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1807-1882) was an advocate of free thinking and stressed that life's answers were not always found in books. In 1836, following a trip to Europe where he met such intellectuals as Thomas Carlyle and William Wordsworth, he laid out the main principle of Transcendentalism in Nature, an essay expressing the "mystical unity of nature." A frequent lecturer, he published Essays, containing his works "Self-Reliance" and "The Over-Soul", in 1841, followed by Essays: Second Series in 1844. His book Poems was published in 1846.

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