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[p. 99] with, ‘Dear Dr., why is it so long since you have been here?’ ‘I want to know something,’ was his laconic reply. ‘What?’ ‘I say I want to know something, and must therefore keep at home and study.’

What a pity it is that what ought to be the universal characteristic of the followers of him who gave the new commandment of love, is so rarely exhibited except toward the members of our own sect, and even towards them must be limited by the pitiful considerations of caste, and style, and intellectual endowments. In censuring others I know that I condemn myself, but no considerations of consistency shall hinder me from uttering my sense of duty, however poorly I may practise it.

What do you think of Hiawatha? Is it not an aroma of sweet fern, cedar, and all woodland odors, mingled with the song of birds, the fall of cascades, and the sighing of the zephyrs, which the poet has concocted out of the Indian grunt, grease, and vermillion?

One day week before last I was making a call in Boston, and in walked Rev.——with gold-headed cane, sleek and trim in shining broadcloth, and looking very like a stall-fed bishop. He began immediately to talk of Mr. Stetson, and to do him justice seemed very glad that he was to remain in Medford. But turning to me, ‘I did not know but his abolitionism and his transcendentalism might have brought him into difficulty among you.’ ‘On the contrary,’ was my retort, ‘every good person in the parish agreed with him upon abolitionism, and if I speak with less assurance of transcendentalism, it is because I consider myself in the attitude of one rather reverently looking up to it than actually partaking of and possessing it.’ He had the grace to laugh, and then our host whipped in with several cavalier speeches which roused my ire, and I growled out, ‘Pray, do you clergymen live for public opinion, and the “they say” of everybody and nobody, or for your consciences and consciousness of what is actual truth?’

Mr. F. told this anecdote of Goethe. In a conversation on a future life, he said he should have no objection to a future state provided he could be sure of not seeing in it such and such persons (naming them), who would be sure to torment him with their bragging, ‘we told you it would be so; now you see for yourself, we knew.’

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