Travels with Thoreau: 1849-1851

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1849-1851

  • 1849: February 28: Salem, to lecture.

  • 1849: March 21: Portland, Maine, to lecture.

  • 1849: April 20: Worcester. Gives “Economy” lecture in City Hall.

  • 1849: April 27: Worcester. Gives the “Life in the Woods” lecture at Brinley Hall.

  • 1849: May 3: Worcester. Gives the “White Beans and Walden Pond” lecture at Brinley Hall.

  • 1849: May 26: Boston, to pick up freshly-printed copies of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

  • 1849: September 11: Cambridge, to use the Harvard library.

  • 1849: October 9-11: Cape Cod, first trip, with Ellery Channing.

  • 1849: November 5: Cambridge, to use the Harvard library. [Thoreau brings with him a note from Harvard president Jared Sparks that gives him permission to take books out of the library as an alumnus and a writer. Sparks is said to have written “one year” in a margin. But Thoreau uses the library often, for the rest of his life.]

  • 1850: January 28: Cambridge, to use Harvard library.

  • 1850: February 18: South Danvers, to lecture on Cape Cod.

  • 1850: April 26: Cambridge, to use Harvard library.

  • 1850: May 12: Haverhill, to do surveying.

  • 1850: June: Cape Cod, second trip.

  • 1850: July 20?-30?: Fire Island, New York. To search wreckage of Margaret Fuller’s ship.

  • 1850: September 25-October 3: Quebec, with Ellery Channing, via Vermont. Results in the book A Yankee in Canada, published posthumously.

  • 1850: October 28: Cambridge, to use Harvard library.

  • 1850: November 18: Cambridge, to use Harvard library.

  • 1850: December 6-7: Newburyport, to lecture. Stays at home of Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

  • 1850: December 27: Boston and Cambridge.

  • 1851: January 1-2: Clinton, to lecture on “Excursion to Cape Cod” at Clinton Hall.

  • 1851: January 14-15: Cambridge, on way to Portland, Maine, to deliver “Cape Cod” lecture.

  • 1851: January 22: Medford, to lecture.

  • 1851: January 27: Cambridge.

  • 1851: April 30: Cambridge.

  • 1851: May 25: Wayland hills, walks there and back from Concord.

  • 1851: May 31: Worcester. Gives the “Walking, or the Wild” lecture at friend H.G.O. Blake’s School Parlors on Pearl Street. Walks to Asnebumskit hill in Paxton.

  • 1851: June 2: Boston and Cambridge.

  • 1851: June 26: Boston, sees menagerie.

  • 1851: July 9: Cambridge and Boston. [On December 18, 1850, Thoreau is made a “corresponding member” of the Boston Society of Natural History. He is permitted to check books out of its library without paying annual dues. This is the first day he begins to do so.]

  • 1851: July 25-August 1: To Hingham, Hull, Plymouth, South Shore, Cohasset, and Clark’s Island. Stops in Boston on way back.

  • 1851: August 11: Cambridge and Boston.

  • 1851: November 5: Cambridge and Boston.

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