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DIARY AND OTHER MANUSCRIPTS
OF THE LATE
FREDERIC JAMES POST,
OF HIS CHILDHOOD, SHORT LIFE, AND LAST ILLNESS.
" That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth.”—Psalm cxliv. 12
Where thou hast been - What thou hast heard —
If there be aught of good herein, make a record thereof for a future occasion.-- Hints inscribed in his Note-book.
To F. J. Post.
It would, doubtless, be a blessing to mankind, if all which has hitherto been written, but not worthy of remembrance, could, by any possibility, be entirely blotted out and forgotten. On the other hand, it is not unreasonable to imagine, that the world might have been profited, if every thing, thought or uttered in past generations, and deserving of being known, had been left upon record. There is something in the life of every person, however obscure, from
which instruction might be gleaned ;-it may be an idea, an expression, or incident, which, if preserved, would be worthy of attention in a future day.
How many wordless thoughts !- how many unuttered emotions !-have arisen in the mind of the wayfaring man, and were felt and enjoyed at the time, but, like “the flower which is born to blush unseen,” have passed away into the nothingness of forgotten feelings. Who has not sometimes felt a wish, that more of those Divine sayings and doings had been preserved than have been, out of the unwritten mass of materials which the sacred historian has adverted to in his Gospel ?-(John, xx.30; xxi. 25.)
Lord Bacon has somewhere said, “A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and [discreetly] write down the thoughts of the moment; those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return." This sentiment is corroborated by an elegant author of the present day, who says, “When the