RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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Caleb Wall heard Ralph Waldo Emerson lecture in December of 1840, about domestic life. In his diary, Wall explained that, "Ralph Waldo Emerson, frequently a clergyman but who had since withdrawn himself from all religious church organizations. Subject, Domestic Life. It commenced with a beautiful and graphic description of Infancy, which he followed up to the growth of manhood. The lecturer's ideas seemed to be most engaged on a thorough reformation of the present mode of social life, so that a greater degree of equality could be maintained between the different orders of society. His language was some of it rather mystified, following the new philosophy of which he is a leader, which has received from others the name of Transcendentalism. Emerson's ideas were in general, correct, although he might have interfered greatly with some, especially with the "favored few" who are allowed to enrich themselves at the expense of the many. He may also have received the curses of some others, who worship idols in the shape of towering spires and velvet pulpits" (Diary of Claeb Wall).