widow married Dr. Ezra Ripley
, and here Ralph Waldo Emerson
and his brothers passed many a summer in their childhood.
Half a mile east of the village, on the Cambridge turnpike
, is Emerson
's own house, still sheltered by the pines which Thoreau
helped him to plant in 1838.
Within the house everything is unchanged: here are the worn books, pen and inkstand, the favorite pictures upon the wall.
Over the ridge to the north lies the Sleepy Hollow cemetery
where the poet rests, with the gravestones of Hawthorne
and the Alcotts, Thoreau
and William James
But although Concord
is the Emerson shrine, he was born in Boston
, in 1803.
His father, named William like the grandfather, was also, like the Emerson ancestors for many generations, a clergyman — eloquent, liberal, fond of books and music, highly honored by his alma mater
Harvard and by the town of Boston
, where he ministered to the First Church
His premature death in 1811 left his widow with five sons--one--of them feebleminded — and a daughter to struggle hard with poverty.
With her husband's sister, the Calvinistic “Aunt Mary Moody
, she held, however, that these orphaned boys had been