James Marsh —a graduate of Andover and the president of the University of Vermont, was equally important for the emerging philosophy of transcendentalism.
Thoreau lived at Walden for just under three years, a time during which he sometimes visited friends and conducted business in town. Theodore Parker —60 was the son of a farmer who attended Harvard and became a Unitarian minister and accomplished linguist. He called for help from neighbors and, giving up on putting out the flames, all attempted to save as many objects as possible.
Augustine, Emerson had his first encounter with slavery. He often referred to Thoreau as his best friend,  despite a falling-out that began in after Thoreau published A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.
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.
Infollowing a late-night excursion to count the rings of tree stumps during a rainstorm, he became ill with bronchitis.
Recognizing the terminal nature of his disease, Thoreau spent his last years revising and editing his unpublished works, particularly The Maine Woods and Excursionsand petitioning publishers to print revised editions of A Week and Walden.
William Emersona Unitarian minister.