Henry Salt Archive

Henry Salt (1853-1939) was the author of the Life of Henry David Thoreau, Animals Rights and A Plea for Vegetarianism which inspired Gandhi for follow a vegetarian diet.

Company I Have Kept

by Henry S. Salt (Author)

Company I Have Kept by Henry S. Salt
Title:Company I Have Kept
Publisher:George Allen & Unwin, London
Edition:First Edition


I. By the Severn
II. In Cap and Gown
III. The Freedom of the Mountains
IV. With the Poets
V. At Millthorpe
VI. Early Socialists
VII. Two Singers of Revolt
VIII. A Tribute to De Quincey
IX. Some Great Talkers
X. Thoreau and Jefferies
XI. Fellow-Countrymen of Thoreau
XII. W. H. Hudson, As I Saw Him
XIII. Among the Rationalists
XIV. Humours of a Tea-Table
XV. Two Anti-Vegetarian Sages
XVI. Concerning Cranks
XVII. The Manly Folk
XVIII. Fruitful Meetings
XIX. Company by Letter
XX. My Cousins
XXI. Friendly Wildflowers
XXII. Old Ties with the Classics
XXIII. Company That Kept Me
XXIV. Looking Back


Salt's "Company" includes not humans only, but animals, wild flowers, and mountains. The reader is introduced, for instance, to the Shrewsbury of the 'fifties, to Eton and Cambridge of the two succeeding decades, to the early socialist awakening and the lighter side of the humanitarian campaign, which shows the writer in affable conflict with his Savages. Many well known names figure in the book: Ruskin, Meredith, W. H. Hudson, Gandhi, Edward Carpenter, Bernard Shaw, H. M. Hyndman, Prince Kropotkin.