1851. Very Good.
Autograph manuscript in Thoreau's hand; off-white paper with one horizontal crease and a few stray pencil marks to text; reinforced to edges with thicker paper. This excerpt from Thoreau's journal quotes a passage from John James Garth Wilkinson's The Human Body and Its Connexion with Man: Illustrated by the Principal Organs in which Wilkinson discusses the importance of footpaths in a large English town, which he believes should be kept well-maintained at the expense of the public. Thoreau's entry passionately supports what Wilkinson writes, and laments that man is limited with only highways and parks to travel through. He writes: "I should die from mere nervousness at the Thought of such confinement.," and questions whether those who are confined to only certain areas can be said to be living at all. Well-known for his support of public lands preservation and environmental conservation, Thoreau continued to advocate for the importance of access to nature in his well-known work, Walden, published three years after this journal entry.