Small broadside. Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, University of South Carolina.
Emerson first addressed the Concord Lyceum on May 14, 1834, a year before he married Lydia Jackson and moved to Concord. He never charged his townspeople for his services as a lecturer. Nearly half a century later, on February 4, 1880, he talked on “Historic Notes of Life and Letters in Massachusetts,” his one hundredth lecture before the Lyceum. The event is described thus in the manuscript records of the Lyceum: “A very large audience was present and, as Mr. Emerson advanced to the front of the platform, the audience rose en masse to receive him. Mr. Emerson read his lecture with a clearness and vigor remarkable, considering his advanced age.”
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