BookEmerson, Ralph Waldo. "Reception and Entertainment of the Chinese Embassy, by the City of Boston." Published by Alfred Mudge & Sons, City Printers, 34 School Street, 1868. Original blue printed wrappers. 77 pages, describing the various entertainments and speeches. Emerson's speech, honoring China’s long history and contribution, begins on page 52.
Emerson reflects on the newness of America next to the deep history of China. He gives the representatives the proper credit their nation deserves for scientific achievements ahead of the west, and also reminds those gathered that Confucius uttered many of the same principles as Socrates and Jesus hundreds of years before their times. Emerson's speech runs approximately 3 pages, however other speakers mention and comment on Emerson's presence as well. Very good condition. Original wrappers fairly clean with only minor staining and soiling. Ink gift inscription at top cover. Internally clean. A rare speech and fascinating moment of international goodwill.