When he was twenty-three or twenty-four my father began to learn German and read philosophy in his spare hours, which did not look as though he were destined to remain long on board ship!
My ideas had been taking a socialistic shape for many years; but they were lacking in definite outline.
Where there had been only jeers or taunts at first, crowds come to listen with serious and sympathetic men.
The other thing that happened in 1883 was my reading of Thoreau's Walden.
For so, surely you will cast a light of gladness upon his onward journey, and contribute your part towards the building of that kingdom of love which links our earth to heaven.