,EMERSON'S THOREAU OBITUARYWith last month's observance of the,11Oth anniversaryof HenryThoreau's death, we believe it appropriate to bring to the attention ofour readers Emerson's obituary to Thoreau which has been all but over-, looked in favor of the more famous address read at Thoreau's funeral.":':This itern.vsiqned simply "E.•.•appeared originallyin theBoston DailyAdvertiseron May8.1862-just two days after Thoreau's death. In theanonymity of this obituary notice, his first posthumousevaluation ofThoreau'scharacter and achievement.Emerson'speaks with anerntional directness lacking in the more measured praise ofthepublicfuneral address. Henry's sister Sophia. who had a mixed reaction to thebittersweet tone of the longer eulogy. was so satisfied with this Obituarynotice that she clipped it from theAdvertiserand pasted it into amemorial scrapbook she kept for Henry and his brother John..',HENRY D. THOREAU;.~~;::",Died at Concord. on Tuesday. 6 May. Henry D.'Thoreau, aged44~yea~.,'The premature death of Mr. Thoreau is a bitter disappointmentto
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