Samuel Larned

Samuel Larned is best known for his membership in Amos Bronson Alcott's Fruitlands community in 1843.  Before coming to Fruitlands at age 20, Larned had worked at a counting-house in Providence, Rhode Island and was a member of the Brook Farm community.  He rebelled against the status quo by traveling through New England and swearing at everyone he met.  He believed that profane language, uttered in pure spirit, could be redeemed from vulgarity even while men, women, and children clearly remained unredeemed in his native state.