Mosses from an Old Manse. Nathaniel HawthorneThe Old Manse was a remarkable literary house, indeed. Built in Concord for his grandfather. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote Nature and several other essays here during his ten year residence. Hawthorne prepared his collection, Twice Told Tales, and this story; declaring the four years he lived here (1842-1846) his happiest. You may be interested in reading about Herman Melville′s anonymous review of Mosses from an Old Manse in 1850, before he met Hawthorne.