JOURNAL

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JOURNAL. Every one has found, with surprise, how quickly irroressions, evenof important events, vanish; how quickly we confound dates and forget names. * It is singular," says Byron, " how soon we lose the impression of what ceases to oe constantly before us: a year impairs: a lustre obliterates. There is little distinct left without an effort of memory," &c. For him, then, who wishes to live beyond the passing moment, and retain vividly the memory of his past life, it is of great importance to keep a journal. The practice, indeed, is somewhat in disrepute, owing to the frivolous details of some journals, and the sentimental folly of others. Experience leads us to advise the keeping of a brief journal, to retain the vestiges of the passing time. A date, a name, a jest, a grave observation, interspersed now and then with a whole day's proceeding, given in as condensed a form as possible, a slight drawing, &c, may afford valuable reminiscences. A simple rule is to put every thing in your journal which you expect will be interesting to you after a series of years. Young persons especially should avoid loading their journals with sentiment. In addition to the pleasure which we derive from a faithful picture of our former lives, it is very useful for a hundred purposes, to have the means of finding exact dates, descriptions and names. Journal, in navigation; a sort of diary or daily register of the ship's course and distance, the winds and weather, together with a general account of whatever is material to be remarked in the period of a sea voyage, such as the shifting, reducing or enlarging the quantity of sail, the condition of the ship and her crew, the discovery of other ships or fleets, lands, shoals, breakers, soundings, &c. Journal is also the name given to newspapers and some other publications which appear at regular intervals. (See Neivspapers, and Periodicals.)