Excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson Peter Bulkeley was therefore one of Emer son's sixty-four grandfathers at the seventh te move. We kw the tenacity of certain family characteristics through long lines of descent, and itis t impossible that anyone of a hundred audtwenty-eight grandparents, if indeed the full number existed in spite of family admixtures, may have transmitted his or her disfinguishing traits through a series of lives that cover more than two centuries, to our own contemporary. Inherited qualities move along their several pathstunlikethe piecesinthegame of chess. Sometimes the character of the son can be traceddirectlytc that of the father or of the mother, as the pawn' 8 move carries him from onesquareto the next. Sometimesaseries of distinguishedfathers followsina line, orasuc cession of superior mothers, as the black or white bishop sweeps the board on his own color. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.