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Letters to a Spiritual Seeker

Henry David Thoreau

I am grateful for what I am & have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite - only a sense of existence...O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it - for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
— Thoreau


A collection of Henry Thoreau's letters to Harrison Blake. The correspondence began with Blake asking Thoreau for advice on how to chart his path through life, as Blake considered Thoreau wise and significant before his writings brought attention. Thoreau's responses, initially pointed at Blake, take on a progressively broader tone, speaking not to an individual, but to a generalized 'spiritual seeker'. The conversation, carried on over 13 years, records Thoreau's evolving relationship to life, writing, and Nature. 

In these letters far more than in his public writing, Thoreau had a tendency to just come right out and say 'it', whatever it may be. Rather than writing about life by communing with nature - Thoreau's most popular style - in these letters, Thoreau is somewhat demystified, speaking candidly, overtly on topics usually concealed to impatient eyes (like mine).