Yours, Not Sitting on a Pumpkin

What can you offer the man who has it all? Trump finds out when he tries to buy Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond.

| Spring 2016

  • Thoreau Pond
    Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
    Photo by Flickr/MiguelViera

  • Thoreau Pond

January 6, 1846

Dear Mr. Trump:

Thank you for your recent letter in which you express interest in purchasing my house for the purpose of tearing it down and building a 36-story hotel and gambling casino tentatively called THE WALDEN TRUMP CARD.

May I just point out that since we last conversed on the subject I shingled the sides of my house, which were already impervious to rain, with shingles made of the first slice of the log, whose edges I was obliged to straighten.

I hope you will keep such improvements in mind when making your bid.
Cordially,        Henry David Thoreau

January 11

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