Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

William Henry Furness’ schoolmate from five year nursery school through Harvard and friends through their lives, Emerson’s aphorism, “self trust is the first secret of success” might be taken as the motto of the Furness family. Emerson challenged Americans to live up to the revolutionary values of their free and open society and to respond to the democratizing forces of their time – the energy of the railroads, the growing scientific knowledge and the expression of nature. © George E. Thomas