others to give their thoughts upon it. When they have not been successful in verbal utterance of their thoughts, I have asked them to attempt it in writing.
At the next meeting, I would read these ‘skarts of pen and ink’ aloud, and canvass their adequacy, without mentioning the names of the writers.
I found this less necessary, as I proceeded, and my companions attained greater command both of thought and language; but for a time it was useful, and may be now. Great advantage in point of discipline may be derived from even this limited use of the pen.
I do not wish, at present, to pledge myself to any course of subjects.
Generally, I may say, they will be such as literature and the arts present in endless profusion.
Should a class be brought together, I should wish, first, to ascertain our common ground, and, in the course of a few meetings, should see whether it be practicable to follow out the design in my mind, which, as yet, would look too grand on paper.
Let us see whether there will be any organ, before noting down the music to which it may give breath.
Accordingly, a class of ladies assembled at Miss Peabody
's rooms, in West Street, on the 6th November, 1839. Twenty-five were present, and the circle comprised some of the most agreeable and intelligent women to be found in Boston
and its neighborhood.
The following brief report of this first day's meeting remains:—
Miss Fuller enlarged, in her introductory conversation, on the topics which she touched in her letter to Mrs. Ripley.