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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 11: Brook Farm. (search)
mind, though that of a captain, is not that of a conqueror. I feel more hopeful as he builds less wide, but cannot feel that I have anything to do at present, except to look on and see the coral insects at work. Ballou was with him to-night; he seems a downright person, clear as to his own purposes, and not unwilling to permit others the pursuit of theirs. Ms. The Rev. Adin Ballou was a well-known leader among the Associationists in that day, yet did not live at Brook Farm, but at Mendon, Mass. It appears from Mr. Alcott's Ms. diary that in October, 1840, while the whole matter was taking form, he met George Ripley and Miss Fuller at Mr. Emerson's in Concord, for the purpose of discussing the new theme. Neither Alcott nor Emerson accepted the project in its completeness. Alcott's Ms Diary, XIV. 170. During the following month Alcott enumerates these persons as being likely to join the proposed community,--Ripley, Emerson, Parker, S. D. Robbins, and Miss Fuller. Alcott