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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

BY

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

BOSTON
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY

New York: 11 East Seventeenth Street
The Riverside Press, Cambridge

1884

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Copyright, 1883,
BY EDWARD W. EMERSON.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge:
Electrotyped and Printed by H. 0. Houghton & Co.
NOTE.

Of the pieces included in this volume the following, namely, those from the “ Dial,” “ Character," " Plutarch,” and the biographical sketches of Dr. Ripley, of Mr. Hoar, and of Henry Thoreau, were printed by Mr. Emerson before I took any part in the arrangement of his papers.

The rest, except the sketch of Miss Mary Emerson, I got ready for his use in readings to his friends or to a limited public. He had given up the regular practice of lecturing, but would sometimes, upon special request, read a paper that had been prepared for him from his manuscripts, in the manner described in the preface to “ Letters and Social Aims,” some former lecture serving as a nucleus for the new. Some of these papers he afterwards allowed to be printed; others, namely, “ Aristocracy,”

" " Education," “ The Man of Letters," "The Scholar," "Historic Notes of Life and Letters in New England,” “ Mary Moody Emerson,” are now published for the first time.

J. E. CABOT.

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