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Thoreau the Land Surveyor$
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Patrick Chura

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034935

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034935.001.0001

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“I am a surveyor”

“I am a surveyor”

(p.155) 8 “I am a surveyor”
Thoreau the Land Surveyor

Patrick Chura

University Press of Florida

As the formal documentation of surveys in his field notes shrinks, the recording of surveying data in Thoreau's journal increases exponentially. The sudden proliferation of facts and statistics in a space that had been reserved primarily for personal and philosophical prose occurs in connection with Thoreau's long-term study of the Concord River, a project that engaged him on an almost daily basis for extended periods in 1859 and 1860. At the peak of the legal controversy in 1859, Thoreau was hired by the River Meadow Association to help survey the river in preparing their case against the dam.

Keywords:   documentation, field survey, survey statistics, Concord River, personal prose, Thoreau

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