She now became intimate with Doctor Channing
, and interested him to that point in some of her studies, that, at his request, she undertook to render some selections of German philosophy into English for him. But I believe this attempt was soon abandoned.
She found a valuable friend in the late Miss Mary Rotch
, of New Bedford, a woman of great strength of mind, connected with the Quakers not less by temperament than by birth, and possessing the best lights of that once spiritual sect.
, Margaret had made the acquaintance of an elegant scholar, in Mr. Calvert
, of Maryland
, she had won, as by conquest, such a homage of attachment, from young and old, that her arrival there, one day, on her return from a visit to Bristol
, was a kind of ovation.
, she knew people of every class,—merchants, politicians, scholars, artists, women, the migratory genius, and the rooted capitalist,—and, amongst all, many excellent people, who were every day passing, by new opportunities, conversations, and kind offices, into the sacred circle of friends.
The late Miss Susan Burley
had many points of attraction for her, not only in her elegant studies, but also in the deep interest which that lady took in securing the highest culture for women.
She was very well read, and, avoiding abstractions, knew how to help herself with examples and facts.
A friendship that proved of great importance to the next years was that established with Mr. George Ripley
; an accurate scholar, a man of character, and of eminent powers of conversation, and already then deeply engaged in plans of an expansive practical bearing, of which the first fruit was the little community which flourished for a few years at Brook Farm.
Margaret presently became