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Text for Page 082 [01-29-1850]

              the world says Revolutionists it might look for Revolutions �
�Spoons and skimmers lie in a heap � but a vase or statue
stands alone.�    The sternest and most inspiring moral
to be drawn from his lecture, was that Man must regenerate
himself, rely on his own mind before prating reform. It
was the mote and beam parable, applied most rigidly. Rely
on, study Nature, avoid Cant of all kinds, let country
patriotism, temperance, friends, all be estimated but at their
future worth � look only to Soul and God!      Emerson�s 
intellectual creed is sublime, solemn and solitary � It is as
if each individual soul must travel in through space self com-
plete, ever pressing onwards in immortal silence.
  30. Wednesday.  Out to Chatham Street for a bit.  Drawing
all day.  Night crossed to Jersey.  Finding Hughie at Collinson
together at the latter�s workshop.  So, sat down and chatted till
9 with them. old Collinson hard at work. quite a Wilkie
like picture by the lamp light. Hughie talks of migration north-
wards with him, when the old fellow goes.     Walked to York
Street with them, and into the old room, which stoveless, box-
less and bookless looked dull enough.   Then left and returned.
  31. Thursday. Long talk after breakfast in sitting room
among boarders � first on the Preissnitz cold water system,               
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