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The melancholy of Stephen Allard, a private diary edited by Garnet Smith (1895)

The melancholy of Stephen AllardThe melancholy of Stephen Allard,

In publishing this private diary of a dead friend I transgress his manifest intention. My plea and, I hope, sufficient excuse must be the interest with which I have read it, and with which, possibly, others will read it. Lacking authority and special competency for the task, I have restricted my functions as an editor to their narrowest limits; I have merely divided the diary into parts and placed marginal summaries at the head of each section.
To add no portrait of my friend drawn from my own recollections of his personality, no critical essay; I do not presume to offer a clue towards the better comprehension of the book or to deduce a moral: Stephen Allard must speak for himself. I will only state that such of his acquaintances as I have consulted had little or no suspicion of his melancholy, and briefly account for the coming of the diary into my possession.

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