Daniel Ricketson and His Friends; Letters, Poems, Sketches, Etc

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 174 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...in whatever is curious, beautiful, or good. I cannot conceive of him as an angel or an evangelist (he is probably both), but as some good old hermit or monk, who still drinks from some sweet fount of nature, and goes at night into his mossy cave or leaf-grown bower. Am I irreverent? If so, may Heaven pardon me, for the Pearly Gates must have indeed stood wide open for one so good, so wise, and so pure to enter. Will you do me the favor the next time in your way to ask my good friend, Miss Sophia Thorean, if she received two letters from me in November last part, in reply to one I had just before received from her. I fear she, or her mother, may be ill, and should be glad to hear from her if not so. Say to Louisa that her literary fame has reached to this far out of the way corner, and that she is very popular with her readers. Miss Thoreau, who made us a short visit in the fall of '63, gave us a humorous account of her wig, and other interesting matters of her personality, showing her not to be an exception to the usual eccentricities of genius. With the kindest regards to your beloved wife and daughters, and all my good Concord friends, particularly Mr. Emerson and family, Believe me, in the bonds of Christian love, Yours very truly, Dan'l Ricketson. Concord, February 12, 1865. Deak Friend, --Many thanks for your kind thoughts of me and mine. And especially of my daughter's story. Your own and daughters' hearty words about its spirit and influence gave us pleasure. The book has provoked much criticism, has been widely read, and is winning an acceptance with discerning persons as surprising to its author as it is encouraging. Immediately after your letter came to hand, I hastened to read it to the Thoreaus. What you say of Henry was most grateful...

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