Thoreau was fervently against slavery and actively supported the abolitionist movement. The American poet Robert Frost wrote of Thoreau, In one book.  It consisted of revised passages from his journal, which he had begun keeping at Emerson s suggestion. Explanations included fetal death (53), overestimated gestational age (50), nonpregnancy (12), and chromosome abnormalities (5).  He commented, Let every sheep keep its own skin ,  a reference to the tradition of using sheepskinvellum for diplomas. To some extent, and at rare intervals, even I am a yogi. This invention allowed profitable use of a graphite source found in New Hampshire that had been purchased in 1821 by Thoreau s brother-in-law, Charles Dunbar. He began to call himself Henry David after he finished college; he never petitioned to make a legal name change. His expectations were high because he hoped to find genuine, primeval America. there I meet the servant of the Brahmin, priest of Brahma and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water jug. Thoreau was a philosopher of nature and its relation to the human condition. I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man; wine is not so noble a liquor. Thoreau read contemporary works in the new science of biology, including the works of Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, and Asa Gray (Charles Darwin s staunchest American ally). I feel more like a citizen of the world at the sight of the palm-leaf which will cover so many flaxen New England heads the next summer. His memory is honored by the international Thoreau Society and his legacy honored by the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, established in 1998 in Lincoln, Massachusetts. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest. And he knew that New England s ice merchants were shipping ice to foreign ports, including Calcutta.
xlviii) of a hermit in Palestine who dwelt in a cave on the top of a mountain and who for the space of twenty-five years never turned his face to the West. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. He wrote about ice harvesting at Walden Pond... His philosophy required that he be a didactic arbitrator between the wilderness he based so much on and the spreading mass of humanity in North America. In 1859, Thoreau purchased and read Darwin s On the Origin of Species. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges. Thoreau s birthplace still exists on Virginia Road in Concord. I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. Despotic authority had crushed the peopleâs sense of ingenuity and enterprise; the Canadian habitants had been reduced, in his view, to a perpetual childlike state. I adopted some of them and recommended the study of Thoreau to all of my friends who were helping me in the cause of Indian Independence. Critics, it is true, have recalled a passage in Lucian (De Syria Dea, cc. â It is on this basis that Thoreau could so strongly inveigh against British and Catholic power in A Yankee in Canada.  Of alcohol, Thoreau wrote, I would fain keep sober always.  Emerson wrote the eulogy spoken at the funeral. ... .