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EDITOR HERALD-CRIMSON.-IN your issue, yesterday, you say that Mr. Arnold's criticism of Emerson has placed the latter in the light in which posterity must view him. Do you not go too far in making this assertion? Mr. Arnold, if I remember rightly, said that Emerson could not be reckoned in the first rank, either of poets or philosophers, whereas the truth has always been held to be that Emerson was the foremost philosopher that this century has produced. His poetry is often crude and deficient in form, but in poetic thought few men can exceed him. The test, or one of the tests, of originality is suggestiveness. And it is originality in any department which makes a man preeminent in that department. Certainly no man has been more suggestive than Emerson. Moreover we Americans ought not to like to see Emerson's intellectual proportions measured by a British foot-rule, or to see his literary reputation hacked by a British cold-chisel, even in the hands of the great apostle of "sweetness and light.

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