Among the pioneers in the perennial migration of winter visitors to Florida was Ralph Waldo Emerson, the beloved philosopher of American ideals. In 1827, ten years before the flowering of the stirring essays on “The American Scholar” and ”Self-Reliance,” the unknown tubercular youth sailed into castle-shadowed St. Augustine harbor seeking the healing climate of the newly-acquired Florida Territory.
Downes, Alan J.
"The Legendary Visit of Emerson to Tallahassee,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 34
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol34/iss4/6