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going I'0l1l1(l and round, perhaps thirsty, to make the liquor which he never can enjoy.

We left Lenox Friday morning, November 21, 1851, in a storm of snow and sleet, and took the cars at Pittsfield, and arrived at “Test Newton that even-

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Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes inci- dentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it; but likely enough it is gone the moment we say to our- selves, Here it is! like the chest of gold that treas~ ure-seekers find.

West Newton, April 13th, 1852. One of the

severest snow-storms of the winter.

April 30th. Wrote the last page (199th MS.) of The Blithedale Romance.”

May 1st. —Wrote Preface. Afterwards modified the conclusion, and lengthened it to 201 pages. First proof-sheets, May 14.

Concord, Mass, August 20th. A piece of land contiguous to and connected with a handsome estate, to the adornment and good appearance of which it was essential. But the owner of the strip of land was at variance with the owner of the estate, so he always refused to sell it at any price, but let it lie there, wild and ragged, in front of and near the mansiomhouse.