divinity and the older class of scholars, it was seized upon with avidity by the more susceptible natures of the younger generation.
Its influence was destined to be felt all through the coming period of American literature.
C. P. Cranch was affected by it, as Emerson, Longfellow and even Hawthorne, were affected by it. This, however, did not take place at once, and when Emerson's Nature was published, Cranch was at first repelled by the peculiarity of its style.
At the house of Rev. James Freeman Clark, in Cincinnati, he drew some innocently satirical illustrations of it. One was of a man with an enormous eye under which he wrote: I became one great transparent eye-ball ; and another was a pumpkin with a human face, beneath which was written: We expand and grow in the sunshine.
In another sketch Emerson and Margaret Fuller were represented driving over hill and dale in a rockaway.
Sanborn's Life of Alcott.
He would make these humorous sketches to entertain his friends at