This society, composed of the first twenty-five men in each class graduating from college, has annual meetings which have called forth the best efforts of many distinguished scholars and thinkers.Emerson's address was listened to with the most profound interest.
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While abroad, he visited Walter Savage Landor, Coleridge and Wordsworth, and Thomas Carlyle.
This visit to Carlyle was to both men a most interesting experience.
Ample explanatory notes of such passages in the text as call for special attention will be supplied, but irrelevant annotation and explanations of the obvious will be rigidly excluded. He was descended from a long line of New England ministers, men of refinement and education.
As a school-boy he was quiet and retiring, reading a great deal, but not paying much attention to his lessons.He found it impossible to continue preaching, and, with the most friendly feelings on both sides, he parted from his congregation.A few months later (1833) he went to Europe for a short year of travel.These two discourses, Nature and The American Scholar, strike the keynote of Emerson's philosophical, poetical, and moral teachings.In fact he had, as every great teacher has, only a limited number of principles and theories to teach.After graduating from college he taught school for a time, and then entered the Harvard Divinity School under Dr. Although he was not strong enough to attend all the lectures of the divinity course, the college authorities deemed the name Emerson sufficient passport to the ministry.He was accordingly "approbated to preach" by the Middlesex Association of Ministers on October 10, 1826.It is characteristic of his deep humanity and his dislike for all fuss and commonplace that he appeared to least advantage at a funeral.A connoisseur in such matters, an old sexton, once remarked that on such occasions "he did not appear at ease at all.They parted feeling that they had much intellectually in common.This belief fostered a sympathy which, by the time they had discovered how different they really were, had grown so strong a habit that they always kept up their intimacy.