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(He) put that which was most material in the postscript.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays (93), (Arber's ed.)

And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries: . . . .
  So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decrees was given at Shushan the palace.
      - Bible, Esther (ch. VIII, v. 10 & 14)

Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
      - Bible, Job (ch. IX, v. 25)

The postman always rings twice.
      - James M. Cain, title of a novel

He whistles as he goes, light-hearted wretch,
  Cold and yet cheerful; messenger of grief
    Perhaps to thousands, and of joy to some.
      - William Cowper, Winter Evening
         (bk. IV, l. 12), of the postman

Belshazzar had a letter,--
  He never had but one;
    Belshazzar's correspondence
      Concluded and begun
        In that immortal copy
          The conscience of us all
            Can read without its glasses
              On revelation's wall.
      - Emily Dickinson, Poems
         (XXV, Belshazzar had a Letter),
        (ed. 1891)

The welcome news is in the letter found;
  The carrier's not commission'd to expound;
    It speaks itself, and what it does contain,
      In all things needful to be known is plain.
      - John Dryden, Religio Laici (l. 366)

Carrier of news and knowledge,
  Instrument of trade and industry,
    Promoter of mutual acquaintance,
      Of peace and good-will
        Among men and nations.
      - Charles William Eliot,
        inscription on southeast corner of post office in Washington, D.C.

Messenger of sympathy and love,
  Servant of parted friends,
    Consoler of the lonely,
      Bond of the scattered family,
        Enlarger of the common life.
      - Charles William Eliot,
        inscription on southwest corner of post office in Washington, D.C.

Every day brings a ship,
  Every ship brings a word;
    Well for those who have no fear,
      Looking seaward well assured
        That the word the vessel brings
          Is the word they wish to hear.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters

Thy letter sent to prove me,
  Inflicts no sense of wrong;
    No longer wilt thou love me,--
      Thy letter, though is long.
      - Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs--New Spring
         (no. 34)

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History"),
        inscription on the front of the post office in New York City

Letters, from absent friends, extinguish fear,
  Unite division, and draw distance near;
    Their magic force each silent wish conveys,
      And wafts embodied though, a thousand ways:
        Could souls to bodies write, death's pow'r were mean,
          For minds could then meet minds with heav'n between.
      - Aaron Hill,
        Verses Written on a Window in a Journey to Scotland

An exquisite invention this,
  Worthy of Love's most honeyed kiss,--
    This art of writing billet-doux--
      In buds, and odors, and bright hues!
        In saying all one feels and thinks
          In clever daffodils and pinks;
            In puns of tulips; and in phrases,
              Charming for their truth, of daisies.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Love-Letters Made of Flowers

A strange volume of real life in the daily packet of the postman. Eternal love and instant payment!
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Specimen's of Jerrold's Wit--The Postman's Budget

A piece of simple goodness--a letter gushing from the heart; a beautiful unstudied vindication of the worth and untiring sweetness of human nature--a record of the invulnerability of man, armed with high purpose, sanctified by truth.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Specimens of Jerrold's Wit--The Postman's Budget

Kind messages, that pass from land to land;
  Kind letters, that betray the heart's deep history,
    In which we feel the pressure of a hand,--
      One touch of fire,--and all the rest is mystery!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Seaside and Fireside--Dedication
         (st. 5)

Good-bye--my paper's out so nearly,
  I've only room for, Yours sincerely.
      - Thomas Moore, The Fudge Family in Paris
         (letter VI)

I have only made this letter rather long because I have not had time to make it shorter.
  [Fr., Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parceque je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (16)

Soon as thy letters trembling I unclose,
  That well-known name awakens all my woes.
      - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (l. 29)

Line after line my gushing eye o'erflow,
  Led thro' a said variety of woe:
    Now warm in love, now with'ring in my bloom,
      Lost in a convent's solitary gloom!
      - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (l. 35)

Heav'n first taught letters for some wretch's aid,
  Some banish'd lover, or some captive maid.
      - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (l. 51)

Ev'n so, with all submission, I
  . . . .
    Send you each year a homely letter,
      Who may return me much a better.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Epistle to Fleetwood Shepherd (l. 23)

And oft the pangs of absence to remove
  By letters, soft interpreters of love.
      - Matthew Prior, Henry and Emma (l. 147)

I will touch
  My mouth unto the leaves, caressingly;
    And so wilt thou. Thus, from these lips of mine
      My message will go kissingly to thine,
        With more than Fancy's load of luxury,
          And prove a true love-letter.
      - John Godfrey Saxe, Sonnet (With a Letter)

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