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Page 363, note 1. His application of the evolution doctrines of Hunter and Lamarck appears in the words tendency and effort.
Page 362, note 2. With the negative," the dismal, or sceptical in painting or in writing he had no sympathy.
Page 364, note 1. This paragraph seems a strong instance of that quality of Mr. Emerson of stating aspects without qualification, against which he warns his readers in Circles" :
“When I obey my whims, let me remind the reader that I am only an experimenter. Do not set the least value on what I do, or the least discredit on what I do not, as if I pretended to settle any thing as true or false. I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no Past at my back.” He valued painting, and sculpture more, and the motto, written long after the essay itself, shows his feeling of the necessity and blessing of art.
Page 367, note 1. The low state of art in his day and country should be remembered.
Page 369, note 1. Emerson's far sight and faith went beyond the materialism of his age and country, regarding these as a necessary stage in evolution.