July 4, 1845 was the day H.D. Thoreau moved his few belongings to the Pond.While an important folk festival even more the than now, Thoreau was about as excited about the Fourth as he was about Christmas. It was just another day but Thoreau had his own agenda as always. July 4 fell on a Friday and by Saturday he was established. While he had no Journal entries on move in day, he states on Saturday:”Yesterday I came here to live.” Thoreau continues…”I wish to meet the facts of life- the vital facts, which are the phenomena or actually the gods meant to show us-face to face, and so I came down here” -Walden 1845.
thanks to Carl Bode-editor “The Portable Thoreau”.Happy 4th of July!