60. Ralph Waldo Emerson. Manuscript subscription
letter for herbarium to be made by Horace Mann, Jr., for the Concord
Town Library, . Ink on paper. From the Ralph Waldo Emerson
Horace Mann, Jr. (1844-1868), a student at Frank Sanborn’s school in Concord, was a son of Horace and Mary Peabody Mann. Young Mann was a proficient naturalist who consulted with Thoreau about animal and bird identification. When Thoreau traveled to Minnesota in 1861 in an attempt to improve his failing health, Mann accompanied him.
In 1866, Emerson initiated a subscription to fund Mann’s preparation of a herbarium for the Concord Town Library. Subscribers included Emerson himself, George Keyes, John Shepard Keyes, Frederic Hudson, E.R. Hoar, William Munroe, Albert Stacy, Frank Sanborn, William Emerson, George P. Bradford, A.B. Warren, and George Brooks.
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