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    Ralph Waldo Emerson Autograph Letter Signed "R. Waldo Emerson". Two pages of a bifolium, 4.5" x 7", Concord, Massachusetts, September 23, 1879. A letter to Reverend S. C. Beane: "Dear Sir, I received your kind letter several days ago and though I am forced to refuse almost all invitations in my old age, I shall endeavor to accept yours. My daughter, Mrs. Ellen Tucker Emerson, wishes to accompany me, and we shall hope to arrive at your Concord on the Wednesday Oct. 1." The original transmittal cover is present.

    Samuel C. Beane was a minister at the Second Congressional Church (Unitarian) from 1878-1885, and had invited Emerson to the 50th anniversary celebrations on October 1, 1879. Emerson did attend, which is notable because he had all but retreated from the public, due to memory problems. Beginning in 1872, he began experiencing memory loss, and by the end of the decade he became increasingly embarrassed about his condition; at times he even forgot his own name. Emerson died three years later, on April 27, 1882.

    Condition: Lightly toned, darker at mail folds, else fine.

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