Early Collectors and Donors: William Taylor Newton's Emerson Collection

25.  Ralph Waldo Emerson.  An Oration, Delivered Before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Cambridge, August 31, 1837 . . . (Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1837).

Oration, 1837 / RWE

William Taylor Newton’s copy, with wrapper retained in the binding.  From the Newton/Emerson Collection (part of the CFPL Concord Authors Collection).  Gift of Edith Emerson Forbes and Edward Waldo Emerson, 1918.

Newton’s copy of Emerson’s “American Scholar” is inscribed: “Rev. Dr. Francis, / With the respects of R. W. E.”  Unitarian minister, biographer, and historian Convers Francis was, like Emerson, a member of the Transcendental Club.  


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