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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 6: school-teaching in Boston and Providence. (1837-1838.) (search)
nd privations of such a situation. Fuller Mss. i. 635. When she wrote, years after, the oft-quoted passage in Woman in the Nineteenth Century, Let them be sea-captains, if they will, it may have been with this reminiscence in her mind. On March 1, 1838, she wrote to Mr. Emerson one of her most characteristic letters. I reproduce it from the manuscript, because it shows what Mr. Emerson was to her,--a saint in her oratory,--and because it puts what was often called, in her case, self-conscin a worldly way was then no career; her plans uncertain, her aims thwarted, her destiny a conundrum,--what man of intellectual pursuits, looking back on the struggles of his own early years, can throw a stone at Margaret Fuller? Providence, 1st March, 1838. My dear friend,--Many a Zelterian A phrase suggested by the correspondence between Goethe and Zelter, which she had been reading. epistle have I mentally addressed to you, full of sprightly scraps about the books I have read, the spe