American philosopher, essayist, and Transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott's diary entries from April through September 1869 were originally published as Concord Days in 1872. Written at Orchard House, the Alcott home in Concord, Massachusetts, the writings dwell largely on literary matters, family and friends, and the passing of the seasons in rural New England, from spring to summer to fall. The diary subjects range from memories of his deceased friend Thoreau ( The most welcome of companions was this plain countryman. One seldom meets with thoughts like his, coming so scented of mountain and field breezes and rippling springs... ); thoughts about his neighbor Emerson ( A poet, speaking to individuals as few others can speak, and to persons in their privileged moments, he is heard as ne other are. ); ruminations on favorite readings and conversations; and berries, grandchildren, and Walden Pond.