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[231] change towards God. I humbly thank Him for such a change. The beginning was small, but light and peace have grown in my mind since. It promises greater and happier things to me in the future. It was through my relations with the Chestnut Street Society in Chelsea, and through the efforts of its pastor, the Rev. Mr. Plumb, that this was brought about. I have been connected with that society, Sabbath school, &c., through most of my stay here, and have been a member of the church there since last July. I have spent my Sabbaths mostly at home in Chelsea.

My intention now is to prepare for the ministry, and I shall go to Andover for that purpose either immediately or in the course of a year or two, after teaching, it may be, awhile. But I am very sanguine now about my future. It would not have been much, without such an event as that spoken of above; but with that, my purpose in life is at once clear, my success sure.

Emerson carried out his intention of entering Andover Theological Seminary, connecting himself with that institution in September, 1861. There, by his quiet earnestness in his duties, he soon gained the esteem of new acquaintances, as he had in his college life gained the affectionate regard of his Class.

In the summer of 1862, when disaster had come upon our armies, and thinned regiments were appealing for ‘more men,’ his heart was stirred within him; yet he was not one to talk patriotism, and few knew the workings of his mind. He had been away for some weeks to recover from a slight sickness, and one day after his return he was with a knot of fellow-students who were discussing their duty in view of the state of the country. The question was rather jokingly asked, ‘Emerson, will you enlist if we will?’ He replied in the calmest tone, ‘I have enlisted,’ to the great surprise of those about him, all of whom, it may be added, speedily followed his example.

Soon after this, he was mustered in as a private in Company H, First Massachusetts Volunteers. He had enlisted in a new company then forming in Chelsea, but on account of dissatisfaction as to the appointment of officers, and also from a sense of the importance of filling up the old regiments, he obtained a transfer.

He was sent to Camp Cameron in Cambridge, July 31,

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