and Other Natural History Essays
Henry David Thoreau
Rocks, Trees, Moss
On The Study Of Words
by Richard C. Trench
Thoreau the Land Surveyor
The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript
Walden, or Life in the Woods
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secretary of the Association for the Advancement of Science requests me
by a printed circular letter from Washington the other day, to fill the
blank against certain questions, among which the most important one was
what branch of science I was specially interested in, using the term science in the most comprehensive sense possible.
Now, though I could state to a select few that department of human inquiry which engages me, and should be rejoiced at an opportunity to do so, I felt that it would be to make myself the laughing-stock of the scientific community to describe or attempt to describe to there that branch of science which specially interests me, inasmuch as they do not believe in a science which deals with the higher law. So I was obliged to speak to their condition and describe to them that poor part of me which alone they can understand.
The fact is I am a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot. Now I think of it, I should have told them at once that I was a transcendentalist. That would have been the shortest way of telling them that they would not understand my explanations.
How absurd that, though I probably stand as near to nature as any of them, and am by constitution as good an observer as most, yet a true account of my relation to nature should excite their ridicule only!
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