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    Sale 2446 | Lot 412
    Price Realized: $4,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2446 Lot 412

      "I SHOULD DIE FROM MERE NERVOUSNESS AT THE THOUGHT OF SUCH CONFINEMENT" THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, a leaf from his journal, a fragment from his entry for September 3, 1851 discussing the importance of roaming freely over the Earth. 1 page, 4to; inlaid, horizontal fold. (MRS) Np, [3 September 1851]

      Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

      ". . . [Wilkinson proposes of the footpaths in large English towns] that the people's right to them be asserted & defended--& that they be kept in a passable state at the public expense--'This' says he 'would be easily done by means of asphalt laid upon a good foundation'!!! So much for walking . . . .
      "Think of man--he may be a genius of some kind--being confined to a high way & a park for his world to range in--I should die from mere nervousness at the thought of such confinement. . . ."
      Published in Bradford Torrey, ed., the Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. VIII, Boston, 1906.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $4,000