Although they never met in the body, these friends had more in common with each other in their hope, their courage, and their desire for expression in poetry than either had with Carlyle. Emerson sent Sterling his , saying, "They are not yet a fortnight old.
Although they never met in the body, these friends had more in common with each other in their hope, their courage, and their desire for expression in poetry than either had with Carlyle. Emerson sent Sterling his , saying, "They are not yet a fortnight old.I have written your name in a copy and sent it to Carlyle by the same steamer. I wish, but scarce dare hope, you may find in it any thing of the pristine sacredness of thought.We need to be possessed with a mountainous conviction of the value of our advice to our contemporaries, if we will take such pains to find what that is.
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"I am here at work now for a fortnight to spin some single cord out of my thousand and one strands of every color and texture that lie ravelled around me in old snarls.
Early meetings included Margaret Fuller, who would become an important figure in the Transcendental movement as well.
Emerson's association with Henry David Thoreau also seems to have budded around 1837.
My thought had only this scope, no more: that though I had long ago grown extremely discontented with my little book, yet were the thoughts in it honest in their first rising and honestly reported, but that I am very sensible how much in this, as in very much greater matters, interference, or what we miscall art, will spoil true things." Carlyle now had opportunity to return his friend's kindness in introducing him to American readers. 'Write you a Preface,' said he, and 'I will reprint it;' to which, after due delay and meditation, I consented." In a curious and characteristic preface, among other things, Carlyle said:— "The name of Ralph Waldo Emerson is not entirely new, in England; distinguished travellers bring us tidings of such a man; fractions of his writings have found their way into the hands of the curious here; fitful hints that there is in New England some spiritual notability called Emerson glide through the reviews and magazines.
In a letter written to Emerson on June 25, 1841, he said: "My second piece of news … Carlyle writing a preface, which accordingly he did. "Emerson's writings and speakings amount to something; and yet, hitherto, as it seems to me, this Emerson is far less notable for what he has spoken or done than for the many things he has not spoken and has forborne to do. "For myself, I have looked over with no common feeling to this brave Emerson, seated by his rustic hearth on the other side of the ocean (yet not altogether parted from me either), silently communing with his own soul and with the God's World it finds itself alive in yonder.
I shall work with the more diligence on this book-to-be of mine, that you inform me again and again that my penny tracts are still extant; nay, that beside friendly men, learned and poetic men read and even review them.
I am like Scholasticus of the Greek Primer, who was ashamed to bring out so small a dead child before such grand people.
Pygmalion shall try if he cannot fashion a better,—certainly a bigger." Four months later he tells of the problems at home,—"a good deal of movement and tendency emerging into sight every day in church and state, in social modes and in letters.
You will naturally ask me if I try my hand at the history of all this. No, not in the near and practical way in which they seem to invite.