26 November 1826
In studies, whatsoever a man commandeth upon himself, let him set hours for it; but whatsoever is agreeable to his nature, let him take no care for any set times; for his thoughts will fly to it of themselves, so as the spaces of other business or studies will suffice. A man’s nature runs either to herbs or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.
1. From D/CFA/5, as are the following prefatory note dated 26 Nov.
, and the entry for 18 June
. Thereafter the longer (but chronologically somewhat irregular) entries are from the same source, CFA’s “index” or epitomized entries in D/CFA/1 being printed only when fuller ones are wanting. Readers will note that the earlier entries in D/CFA/5 are retrospective and were written in blocks; hence the frequently supplied date captions. See description of CFA’s MS
Diaries in Introduction
; also entry for 26 Nov.
2. That is, 17 July 1827.
3. Francis Bacon, “Of Nature in Men,” in Essays, Moral, Economical, and Political, London, 1807, p. 147.