April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO LADY ASHBURTON ; 28 June 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480628-TC-LA-01; CL 23: 57-58


Chelsea, Wedy [28 June 1848]

The James Lawrence that called at Bath House is the son of a Lawrence in Boston, who is one of the principal merchants in Massachusetts, perhaps the principal there or in Yankeeland generally, and is well and favourably known to all men on that side of the sea. James (whom Emerson, I think, does not much know except generically) is understood to be his Father's man in those extensive affairs.1 Perhaps his call was to the elder Lady Ashburton?2 Time's tide lands us on new promontories, and ever new, and will not rest at all!— — The high child delivered yesternight his lecture on “Domestic Life,” not one of his best, to a large and highly unselect audience,—who missed the finer passages, but were fervently alive to whatever touched on progress of the species, the early closing movement, or such like.3 Lady Byron, alone of the Arixtoxy, was there. The air grew very hot;—the human heart at last began to get weary.— When Emerson ended, the Early Closing Movement itself (in the person of its Secretary,4 a man with gloomy fat face, and no mouth properly, but only a kind of hole in his countenance) burst forth in a passionate manner; and discoursed, with a chaunting loud tone, for some time,—the audience leaking, alas, in streams, thro' every orifice;—till at last they were mostly gone, and he ended and I got away—

Emerson is coming here tomorrow evg,5 and Mrs Crowe with the eyes. You too have eyes—O heaven!—

God save the Queen,—my own Queen.