Henry decided to build a cabin, his good friend Ralph Waldo Emerson
donated the land by Walden Pond. Emerson's wife, Lidian was like a
sister to Thoreau because he took care of the family while Ralph was
on his lecture tours. Bronson Alcott offered assistance and advice.
The Emerson and Alcott children were very fond of Thoreau and spent
time with him learning about nature.
had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship,
three for society. When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers
there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized
the room by standing up. It is surprising how many great men and women
a small house will contain. I have had twenty-five or thirty souls,
with their bodies, at once under my roof, and yet we often parted
without being aware that we had come very near to one another. -