|Ralph Waldo Emerson|
In the early summer of 1867, after many weeks of fanfare in the local newspapers, the great American poet, essayist and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, came to Malone to give a talk in the newly built Methodist Church on Main Street. The lecture did not go very well.
According to the Malone Palladium, the talk by the 64-year-old literary giant was hard to hear, “long, tiresome and rather exhaustive.”
The Palladium went on to skewer Emerson in typical mid-19th century style by saying, "We take the benefit of the proposition which the speaker laid down—that there never was a great discovery made that was not preceded by a great guess—and venture the 'guess' that this lecture was, though poorly delivered, a great literary production, and leave to subtler minds than ours, the discovery of wherein consists its greatness."