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Source Notes: Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 11 March 1842, in Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, ed. Andrew Carroll (1997). Thoreau wrote after the unexpected deaths, within two weeks, of Thoreau's brother John and Emerson's son Waldo.
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - 1862) was an American essayist, poet, and naturalist. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism.
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