Excerpt from Life Letters, and Wayside Gleanings, for the Folks at Home
The writings comled in this work were commenced some forty years ago, when my life-boat loosed from its moorings at the Old homestead, and the old familiar shores, woodlands, and beacon-lights began to recede, as it ﬂoated out among the green Islands toward an Unknown Land. To freshen in memory the scenes and events of the past, and make them my own; to keep the little altar-fires Of the heart glowing In perpetual warmth and beauty, and bring again, after long years had departed, the faces of those I had known and loved; to preservez the deeds Of love and kindness received, to peer out, like the clear blue sky, through the rift in the dark, ominous clouds that might gather on my began to write sketches in my note-book. Next, I wrote to friends (whence the title), giving minute descriptions Of passing events, that they might see through other eyes the ups and downs Oflife - contributing sketches of life and other pieces for the pressnover the signature of II.
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