In January 1827, Ralph Waldo Emerson, a 23-year-old licensed but not yet ordained minister plagued by religious doubt and failing health, came to St. Augustine. As he wrote in a letter to his brother William, he found himself constantly bored during his two and a half months residence: "What is done here? Nothing .... I stroll on the sea-beach and drive a green orange over the sand with a stick. Sometimes I sail in a boat, sometimes I sit in a chair."1
"Interpreting Florida, its Ninetenth-Century Literary Heritage,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 94:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol94/iss3/5