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1 Dwight, John S. Sullivan. Autograph Letter, Signed.

Dated Boston, Sept 5th, (no year). "Dear Parker", inviting him to "....a gathering - an 'Aesthetic Tea' - composed of our friends at Mr. Clarke's, at Dr. Freeman's in Newton, tomorrow afternoon....I hope you will be there without fail, & be there early - they are delightful meetings, I can assure you." E.T.A. Hoffman wrote a story called Die ästhetische Teegesellschaft (The Aesthetic Tea Society) in 1821. Thomas Carlyle mentions “aesthetic tea” in a review of Sketch of the Life of Frederick Werner, by the Editor of Hoffman’s Life and Remains, in the Foreign Review in 1828. It appears again in his Sartor Resartus, 1834. John Lothrop Motley includes an aesthetic tea in his novel Morton’s Hope, 1839. Sullivan's friend George William Curtis told a story about an aesthetic tea at Emerson's early in Hawthorne's tenancy at the Old Manse (about 3 years, beginning in 1842), see Early Letters of Curtis to Dwight, 1898. Since the middle ages European philosophers and thinkers wrote about the use of tea to stimulate the psychic abilities. Paraphrasing Papus, in Practical Magick, 1888: “If, not being afraid of boredom, you will go to the village and eat vegetable food and drink only milk and water, you will quickly calm down. But, if you aspire to excite the maximum transcendental abilities sleeping in you, add to the vegetarian food some glasses of green tea, and you will become capable of seeing the telepathic and astral phenomena.” A half sheet, folded to make 4 pp., one is the letter, another bears the address in West Roxbury and a post mark, date illegible. One corner chipped, a little browned, a Very Good letter. 
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