AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE SENIOR CLASS IN DIVINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, Sunday Evening, 15 July, 1838.
Boston, (MA): James Munroe and Co., 1838. First edition. 8vo. 31 pp. BAL 5184. Cooke, p. 66. American Imprints 50212. In this address Emerson “cleared his mind once and for all of any remaining conviction that the Church as constituted was the place for scholars and prophets. He declared it dead and helpless, and called upon the future ministers who sat before him to consider what kind of awakening they must undergo before they could hope to touch the living world … modern Christianity, by neglecting the soul, by attempting merely to communicate an old revelation, by refraining from exploration of the spiritual resources now as always existing in the moral constitution of man, had ceased to do its proper work” (DAB). Disbound pamphlet (lacking wrappers); some light foxing, but very good. Item #65776