2I shouldn't like to see anybody In the thing I am planning who would be prominent In a Cleveland or McKinley or any such ceremonial, but only those to whom Emerson is a magic name — a handle to the heart. My idea was to have the thing done by a few Emerson lovers — not necessarily all literary men, but literary-minded, at least—who should meet in some redwood grove, and there, in the open, read some selections from "Nature,” "Compensation," and the Poems, — read them out there where "man in the bush with God may meet”- and have somebody who knows how to do so make a few simple remarks. Then have a few voices —trained voices, I mean— sing something that would be to the purpose. I had also thought that we might name some natural object, a great rock or butte or something, for the Sage of Concord.I know the place for this — within easy reach of all who might want to go and do this. It is Sequoia Canon, which is only an hour or so from San Francisco and so far away that nobody from the city ever goes there. I had thought this might be done quietly, without letting the newspapers know anything about It — no pose, no flourish, just a little simple gathering so that we In our hearts should feel that we had done something to remember in a notable way the cenenary of a man beside whom Washington seems a child.If Saturday Is not a good day for you I can come some other time. And if you don't care to talk of the Emerson mat-[03l76]
1903 Mar 8
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