Note.--The following passage is now first published, from Thoreau's manuscript diary, the date being Oct. 28, 1853:--
For a year or two past, my publisher, Munroe, has been writing from time to time to ask what disposition should be made of the copies of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, still on hand, and at lasent to me here; and they have arrived to-day by express, piling the man's wagon, seven hundred and six copies out of an edition of one thousand, which I bought of Munroe four years ago, and have been ever since paying for, and have not quite paid for yet. The wares are sent to me at last, and I have an opportunity to examine my pu in the venture.
The unbound were tied up by the printer four years ago in stout paper wrappers, and inscribed, H. D. Thoreau's Concord River, fifty copies.
So Munroe had only to cross out River, and write Mass., and deliver them to the expressman at once.
I can see now what I write for, and the result of my labors.