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RECOLLECTIONS OF HIS VISITS TO ENGLAND
1833, 1847-8, 1872-3,
EXTRACTS FROM UNPUBLISHED LETTERS.
Plutarch says that when Cicero, as a young man, visited the oracle at Delphi, the advice given him was to make his own genius, not the opinions of others, the guide of his life.
LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & CO.
MANCHESTER: J. E. CORNISH.
LIVERPOOL: J. CORNISH & SONS. BIRMINGHAM: CORNISH BROTHERS.
OCT 18 1882
[The substance of this Memoir appeared in the Manchester Examiner and Times of 29th April, the day after the news of Mr. Emerson's death reached England. It is now reprinted, with additions, which extend it to more than three times its original length.]
May 20th, 1883.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON.
HE grave has scarcely closed over the remains of the great man whose renown all over the world is more firmly established than that of any Englishman of his time, when the news comes to us that the foremost thinker and philosopher of America has joined the ranks of the majority. America has produced great soldiers, distinguished men of science, and poets of world-wide fame, but it is not too much to say that since the Declaration of Independence no man has so powerfully influenced the intellect of the nation as Ralph Waldo Emerson. On Thursday night, April 27th, at nine o'clock, at his house in Concord, Mass., surrounded by those dearest to him, this great man peaceably departed. He leaves a widow, a son-Dr. Edward Emerson, of Concord,-and two daughters. The eldest, Ellen-who was his tender and faithful companion whenever he left home, his amanuensis in his later years, and, as he sometimes lovingly called her, his memory"-is unmarried. The youngest, Edith, is married to Colonel W. H. Forbes, of Milton Hill, Mass., and has a numerous family. When they visited England in 1872, bringing their children with them, Mr. Carlyle sat for a likeness, with Emerson's grandson, Ralph, then a fine boy of twelve or thirteen, standing by his knee.