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The editors, Sandra H. Petrulionis and Noelle Baker, would like to acknowledge the support of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Fund, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, Harvard University’s Houghton Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this edition do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH.

HM43b GTF31,Sa BP1 align(right) Continued 1810-10-06Oct 6 1810. reunion to Gods certain govt government . Can it be in the nature of things that some events are left to take place by no fixed rules—what is called chance—contingency—arising from the freedom of man’s will— Wd Would these interfere with those which are — Would they form links which would go into the chain of Gods providence or form another chain independent. The latter could not be. If by the ordination of God, any link could exist, any event left to human agency could be formed. He wd would   incoporate incorporate it into His geneal general plan. His wisdom & omnipotence might do this. If the existence of all matter this moment has no dependance on the existence of matter the last moment, why has any phisical or moral event any dependance on similar or contiguous ones? If so, God may be carrying on in different parts of the earth, or in the same, by various modes, either by his immediate agency—or the volantary agency of Angels Devils & men? But that moral actions are independant on each other is false; for the whole handwriting all religious habits depends on the laws of association. Hence I cannot but beleive phisical events are under somthing of the a similar econymy.—somthing that in the na- noture of things, by the arbitary appointment of God, makes one thing the efficient cause of another . the mode by which God produces events—and that the upholding the creation is not an effect like the a constant creation. Were this not true, the advocates for transubstantiation would have, it seems, a stronger argument than any I know have heard of a speculative kind. But to return to the independant chain, were it in the nature of things that God could create any intelligent bimg being or any inanimate independant of Himself, in the continuance of its existence, or its agency, would the effects of such a bimg being correspond to the unity of design, which appears in the works & reve- nolation of God. It wd would not—but this chain w’h which He might at any moment controul, does not appear to militate against what we call unity of object, as it appears impossible that HM43 GTF31,Sacontinued BP2 that such a chain can exist—a chain denotes somthing intire—whole of itself—therefore those events which appear independant as to divine agency cannot con- nostitute an independant chain of events, because they how could they become essential parts of the main chain of events which constitute the being of the world. Are they independant solitary events and not of connected with the general tide, to appearance? Can any effect exist without a cause— And where can the efficient Cause be found but in God? Besides, it is not the illigitimate effects which induce sceptiscism. GTF31,SB It is the same and even course of nature—the regular succession of one thing to another. It is the immutability of the Agent and the nessisity of his constant influ noence which blinds to His operation.

1810-10~-1010. This is the 3d day in w’h which existence has been more dull & perpleced perplexed than is common. I’ve sacrificed to what I tho’t thought duty to my soul & Mr H. has gone without me. HM44b GTF31,SBcontinued BP3

1810-10~-07 sab sabbath   M Morning . 7. Of all the subjects wh which ever ocupied the human mind is the character of God—espicially that branch of it w’h which relates to his govt government of this earth, & in that point which represents it as the end of our creation. After the richest promises of good to the chh church . God says It is this of all other relations raises our existence in value! It opens a field of day where Angels may forever wander! If When the cold Fanatic does not darken it with metaphisical flounderings, the simpel Lover of God exults with the purest self love and elevated devotion on this sublime Theme. —oh reason & cause for exist- noence how transporting! Enlivened by it the deepest dungion would not lesson lessen my happiness— What a mo- notive to press into every instant absolute unmixed virtue! But is there such a virtue on earth. Only at the moments when the soul is ocupied with God: What darkens such a moment! The idea of human misery— Lord God most mercefull hasten oh make no tarrying.

1810-10~-088. M Morning . Ah, I shall never behold in this life the hand or the machine, which would divest me of littleness & perplexity. I am unworthy for whom Thou s dst shouldst showe it. Unworthy to take the hallowed vend viand of benevo- nolence into my attainted lips. And tho’ though the feeblest promo- notion of the gospel of Jesus is the richest of any its sacred dep a o rtments—yet I believe, I think it better— I feel a desire to shrink from the observation of even children— —to lie low, & lie still— Oh the dear condition of lying where I could behold the favorites of God—how wd would my faith grow at their influence—how my humulity humility . HM44 GTF31,SBcontinued BP4

1810-10~-07 sab sabbath  eve 7. The lives & writings of the Philosophers before & after Christ form one of the richest features of the di novine govt government — They are a proof of the immortality of the soul—of natural religion—that original righteousness of Adam, which tho’ though lost as to any power of salvation, yet it’s ruins remain—a grand and eternal mounu- noment of divine art & goodness. GTF31,ScThier virtues and vices at once bespoke the condition of human natuer. Tho’ Though those were of the most splendid kind, yet these pro- noclaimed with indisputable clearness that man without revelation—without an influence beyond himself is in- nocapable of virtue. Thier shreds & fragments were but the mutilated members of

As indicated by this note at the beginning of its first page, this Almanack is evidently a fragment of a once longer fascicle.

This numeral appears in the far left corner of the margin and appears to function as a page number.

MME alludes to Peter 1:20: “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”

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MME likely alludes to Isaiah 49:5: “And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.”

MME may allude to Revelation 4:11: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

MME may refer to the general “human misery” of the institution of slavery, or she may have in mind a specific slave who was executed for attempting to run away or to assist another slave in doing so. Two local newspapers at this time carried a similar story, which MME may have read: On 7 September 1810, the Salem Gazette reported that “A Black Man in the republican State of Georgia has been condemned to Death, and is to be executed on the 18th of this month—for what?—for endeavoring to effect the escape of a Slave!” On 19 September 1810, THOMAS’s Massachusetts Spy, or Worcester Gazette published a similar report but more specifically described that this man “has been condemned to be hanged in Georgia” ( NA_Bloody_Code115 Bloody Code of Georgia! Salem Gazette aBloody Code #genreBroad#nonfiction #genreSpecific#political-writing #genreSpecific#ethics #reform 7 September 1810 cit ; NA_Summary137 Summary THOMAS's Massachusetts Spy, or Worcester Gazette aSummary #genreBroad#nonfiction #genreSpecific#essay-group 19 September 1810 cit ).

Page one of this Almanack is dated 6 October 1810; the reverse side of the first leaf contains a brief entry dated “10” of presumably the same month and year. Then page three begins with “7,” followed by a Sabbath evening “7” entry on page 4. MME often resumed writing on Almanack pages at a later time and may have done so with the entry of “10 October” on page two, giving rise to an apparent inconsistency in the date order of this fascicle’s pages.

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