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Title: Franklin B. Sanborn to Walt Whitman, 21 July 1881

Date: July 21, 1881

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05557

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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When may we expect you in Concord? Your room is ready, and waiting for you.

F. B. Sanborn

The Concord Summer School of Philosophy.



THE CONCORD SUMMER SCHOOL will open for a third term on Monday, July 11, 1881, at 9, A. M., and will continue five weeks. The lectures in each week will be eleven; they will be given morning and evening, except Saturday evenings, on the six secular days (in the morning at 9 o'clock, and in the evening at 7.30) at the Hillside Chapel, near the Orchard House.

The terms will be $3 for each of the five weeks; but each regular student will be required to pay at least $10 for the term, which will permit him to attend during three weeks. The fees for all the courses will be $15. Board may be obtained in the village at from $6 to $12 a week,—so that students may estimate their necessary expenses for the whole term at $50. Single tickets at 50 cents each, will be ssued for the convenience of visitors, and these may be bought at the shop of H. L. Whitcomb, in Concord, after July 1, 1881, in packages of twelve for $4.50, of six for $2.50, and of three for $1.25. It is expected that the applications for course tickets will exceed the number which can be issued. Any one to whom this circular is sent can now engage tickets by making application, and sending with the application $5 as a guaranty. For those who make this deposit, tickets will be reserved till the first day of July, 1881, and can then be obtained by payment of the balance due. Course tickets at $15 will entitle the holders to reserved seats, and $10 tickets will entitle to a choice of seats after the course ticket holders have been assigned seats.

All students should be registered on or before July 1, 1881, at the office of the Secretary, in Concord. No preliminary examinations are required, and no limitation of age, sex or residence in Concord will be prescribed; but it is recommended that persons under eighteen years should not present themselves as students, and that those who take all the courses should reside in the town during the term. The Concord Public Library of 16,000 volumes, will be open every day for the use of residents. Students coming and going daily during the term, may reach Concord from Boston by the Fitchburg Railroad, or the Middlesex Central; from Lowell, Andover, etc., by the Lowell and Framingham Railroad; from Southern Middlesex and Worcester Counties by the same road. The Orchard House stands on the Lexington road, east of Concord village, adjoining the Wayside estate, formerly the residence of Mr. Hawthorne. For fuller information concerning the town and the school, we would refer applicants and visitors to the "Concord Guide Book" of Mr. George B. Bartlett.*

* Published by D. Lothrop & Co., Boston, and containing an account of the origin of the School.


Lodgings with board may be obtained at the following houses in Concord Village:

Miss E. BARRETT, Monument Street.
Mrs. O'BRIEN, Monument Square.
Mrs. CUTTER, Sudbury Street.
Mrs. HOWE, Hubbard Street.
Mrs. HEALD, Hubbard Street.
Mrs. KENT, Main Street.
Mrs. GOODNOW, Main Street.
Mrs. N. DERBY, Walden Street.

Lodgings without board can be obtained in the neighborhood of each of the above-named houses. Students and visitors will make their own arrangements without consulting the undersigned.


S. H. EMERY, JR., Director.
F. B. SANBORN, Secretary.

The Lectures and Communications concerning the Philosophy of Kant, during the week of the KANT CENTENNIAL (August 1-6) will be published in the JOURNAL OF SPECULATIVE PHILOSOPHY for July and October, to be issued in September and October; and orders for these numbers may be sent to WILLIAM T. HARRIS, Concord, Mass.

Concord, July 1, 1881.


Mr. A. BRONSON ALCOTT, Dean of the Faculty. Five Lectures on The Philosophy of Life.
Mr. Alcott will also deliver the Salutatory and Valedictory.
Mr. E. C. STEDMAN will read a Poem at the opening session, July 11, 1881.
Prof. W. T. HARRIS. Five Lectures on Philosophical Distinctions, and five on Hegel's Philosophy.

1. Philosophy Distinguished from Opinion or Fragmentary Observation; the Miraculous vs. The Mechanical Explanation of Things.
2. Nominalism of Locke and Hume; Pantheistic Realism of Hobbes, Spinoza, Comte and Spencer vs. the Realism of Christianity.
3. The Influence of Nature upon the Human Mind. The Emancipation of the Soul from the Body.
4. Sense-Impressions and Recollections vs. Memory and Reflection. Animal Cries and Gestures vs. Human Language.
5. The Metaphysical Categories Used by Natural Science—Thing, Fact, Atom, Force, Law, Final Cause or Design, Correlation, Natural Selection, Reality, Potentiality and Actuality.

1. Hegel's Doctrine of Psychology and Logic; his Dialectic Method and System
2. Hegel's Doctrine of God and the World,—Creator and Created.
3. Hegel's Distinction of Man from Nature. Two Kinds of Immortality, that of the Species and that of the Individual.
4. Hegel's Doctrine of Providence in History. Asia vs. Europe as furnishing the contrast of Pantheism and Christianity.
5. Hegel's Theory of Fine Arts and Literature as reflecting the development of Man's Spiritual Consciousness.

Dr. H. K. JONES. Five Lectures on The Platonic Philosophy, and five on Platonism in its Relation to Modern Civilization.

1. The Platonic Cosmology, Cosmogony, Physics and Metaphysics.
2. Myth; The Gods of the Greek Mythology; The Ideas and Principles of their Worship, Divine Providence, Free Will and Fate.
3. Platonic Psychology; The Idea of Conscience; The Dæmon of Socrates.
4. The Eternity of the Soul, and its Preëxistence.
5. The Immortality of the Soul, and the Mortality of the Soul; Personality and Individuality; Metempsychosis.

1. The Social Genesis; The Church and the State.
2. The Education and Discipline of Man; The Uses of the World we Live in.
3. The Psychic Body and the Material Body of Man; The Christian Resurrection.
4. The Philosophy of Law.
5. The Philosophy of Prayer, and the "Prayer Gauge."

Mr. DENTON J. SNIDER. Five Lectures on Greek Life and Literature.
Mrs. JULIA WARD HOWE. Two Lectures: 1. Philosophy in Europe and America. 2. The Results of Kant.
Mrs. E. D. CHENEY. A Lecture on The Relation of Poetry to Science.
Rev. J. S. KIDNEY, D.D. Three Lectures on The Philosophic Groundwork of Ethics.
Mr. F. B. SANBORN. Three Lectures on Literature and National Life: 1. Roman Literature; 2. English and German Literature; 3. American Literature and Life.
Mr. JOHN ALBEE. Two Lectures on Faded Metaphors.
Rev. DR. BARTOL. A Lecture on The Transcendent Faculty of Man.
Dr. E. MULFORD. A Lecture on The Philosophy of the State.
Mr. S. H. EMERY, Jr. One Lecture on System in Philosophy.
Rev. F. H. HEDGE, D.D. A Lecture on Kant.
Mr. J. ELLIOT CABOT. A Paper on The Basis of Kant's Doctrine of Synthetic Judgments.
Prof. GEORGE S. MORRIS. A Lecture on Kant.
Mr. ROWLAND G. HAZARD. A Lecture on The Philosophical Character of Dr. Channing.
President NOAH PORTER. A Lecture on Kant.
Prof. J. W. MEARS. A Lecture on Kant.
Prof. JOHN WATSON. A Lecture on The Critical Philosophy in its Relation to Realism and Sensationalism.
Mr. H. G. O. BLAKE. Readings from Thoreau.

Programme of Lectures.


JULY, 1881.
11th,9 A.M.Mr. Alcott (Address).
10 A.M.Mr. Stedman (Poem).
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
12th9 A.M.Dr. E. Mulford.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
13th,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
14th,9 A.M.Mrs. Cheney.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Alcott.
15th,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
16th,9 A.M.Mrs. Howe.
18th,9 A.M.Mr. Alcott.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Hazard.
19th,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
20th,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Mr. S.H. Emery, Jr.
21st,9 A.M.Dr. Kidney.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Albee.
22d,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Albee.
23d,9 A.M.Dr. Bartol.
25th,9 A.M.Mr. Snider.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
26th,9 A.M.Dr. Kidney.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Snider.
27th,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
28th,9 A.M.Mr. Alcott.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Snider.
29th,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Snider.
30th,9 A.M.Dr.Kidney.
AUGUST, 1881.
1st,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Snider.
2d,9 A.M.Dr. Hedge.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Cabot.*
3d,9 A.M.Prof. Watson.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
4th,9 A.M.Mr. Alcott.
7.30 P.M.Dr. Mears.
5th,9 A.M.Prof. G.s. Morris.
7.30 P.M.Mrs. Howe.
6th,9 A.M.President Porter.
The Kant Centennial.
8th,9 A.M.Prof. Harris.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Sanborn.
9th,9 A.M.Dr. E. Mulford.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Sanborn.
10th,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
11th,9 A.M.Mr. Alcott.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Sanborn.
12th,9 A.M.Dr. Jones.
7.30 P.M.Prof. Harris.
13th,9 A.M.Miss Peabody.
7.30 P.M.Mr. Alcott.

* These Lectures are announced conditionally, and may be withdrawn or changed.


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