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Autograph Letter Signed - Emerson, Ralph Waldo - 1861. 
Concord, MA: 9 February 1861 Single folded leaf, handwritten in black ink. Near fine, with some creasing to the folds, a few tiny spots to the extremities. In this letter, Emerson writes to Rev. Mr. Wheeler about which lecture he would read at an upcoming event. Specifically, Emerson suggests that he deliver the "Classes of Men" lecture, which he first delivered on November 20, 1860, in Boston. It is possible that Emerson is referring to his reading of this lecture on February 13, 1861, before the Augusta Lyceum in Augusta, Maine. Transcription: Concord, 9 Feb., 1861 My dear Sir, Thanks for your friendly note. I am not quite sure of the feasibility of reading to you the lecture you refer to: fear it may be broken up, & not quite reproducible in that form it had. But I am glad of the permission your letter gives, & will see if it be presentable: Else, may try to read my lecture on the "Classes of Men." I am much obliged to you for your offer of renewed hospitality. But I am going east-ward in the morning train, & I think it will be prudent, & more considerate of Mrs. Wheeler's morning, to stick close to the hotel & railway. But you will let me see you that evening. Your gratefully, R. W. Emerson Rev Mr. Wheeler.. Near Fine.
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