After the first two years, he succeeded Fuller as its editor.
The Dial was recognized as the official voice of transcendentalism, and Emerson became intimately associated with the movement.
Ellen, Edith, and Edward Waldo, his other children, survived to adulthood.
In 1847, Emerson again traveled abroad, lecturing in England with success.
In 1825, after quitting the ladies school, he entered Harvard Divinity School; one year later, he received his master's degree, which qualified him to preach.
He began to suffer from symptoms of tuberculosis, and in the fall of 1827 he went to Georgia and Florida in hopes of improving his health.It was at Harvard that he began keeping his celebrated journals.After graduating from college, Emerson moved to Boston to teach at his brother William's School for Young Ladies and began to experiment with fiction and verse.In September 1834, Emerson moved to Concord, Massachusetts, as a boarder in the home of his step-grandfather, Ezra Ripley.On September 14, 1835, he married Lydia Jackson of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and they moved into a house of their own in Concord, where they lived for the rest of their lives.Tragedy struck the Emerson family in January 1842 when Emerson's son, Waldo, died of scarlet fever.Emerson would later write "Threnody," an elegy expressing his grief for Waldo; the poem was included in his collection Poems (1846).By the end of the following year, Emerson had resigned his pastorate at Second Unitarian Church.Among his reasons for resigning were his refusal to administer the sacrament of the Last Supper, which he believed to be an unnecessary theological rite, and his belief that the ministry was an "antiquated profession." On Christmas Day, 1832, he left for Europe even though he was so ill that many of his friends thought he would not survive the rigors of the winter voyage.While in Europe, he met many of the leading thinkers of his time, including the economist and philosopher John Stuart Mill; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose Aids to Reflection Emerson admired; the poet William Wordsworth; and Thomas Carlyle, the historian and social critic, with whom Emerson established a lifelong friendship.After his return from Europe in the fall of 1833, Emerson began a career as a public lecturer with an address in Boston.