profound beauty and repose, as if the clouds that covered it parted at intervals, and showed the approaching traveller. Emerson helped me. "Emerson's Geographical Imagination: Private Journeys of Grief and Healing through the American Landscape." Nineteenth-Century Prose, 30:1-2 (2003 Spring-Fall 102-35, 486-87). Anything less will gives us no peace. Instead of feeling a poverty when we encounter a great man, let us treat the new comer like a travelling geologist, who passes through our estate, and shows us good slate, or limestone, or anthracite, in our brush pasture. The physicians say, they are not materialists; but they are:-Spirit is matter reduced to an extreme thinness: O so thin!-But the definition of spiritual should be, that which is its own evidence. Of what use is genius, if the organ is too convex or too concave, and cannot find a focal distance within the actual horizon of human life? Ah that our Genius were a little more of a genius! And what a future it opens! So many things are unsettled which it is of the first importance to settle,-and, pending their settlement, we will do as. A political orator wittily compared our party promises to western roads, which opened stately enough, with planted trees on either side, to tempt the traveller, but soon became narrow and narrower, and ended in a squirrel-track, and ran up a tree.
Its chief good is for well-mixed people who can enjoy what they find, without question. No man ever came to an experience which was satiating, but his good is tidings of a better. One day, I shall know the value and law of this discrepance. Emboldened by Emerson, I dared to abide by my spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility. Patience and patience, we shall win at the last. But far be from me the despair which prejudges the law by a paltry empiricism, - since there never was a right endeavor, but it succeeded. Where do we find ourselves? Then I printed another copy and went back to underlining. Yet he understood the importance of holding convictions about your personal potential.
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