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A Footnote to History - Robert Louis Stevenson

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A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson



A Footnote to History

PREFACE



AN affair which might be deemed worthy of a note of a few lines in 
any general history has been here expanded to the size of a volume 
or large pamphlet.  The smallness of the scale, and the singularity 
of the manners and events and many of the characters, considered, 
it is hoped that, in spite of its outlandish subject, the sketch 
may find readers.  It has been a task of difficulty.  Speed was 
essential, or it might come too late to be of any service to a 
distracted country.  Truth, in the midst of conflicting rumours and 
in the dearth of printed material, was often hard to ascertain, and 
since most of those engaged were of my personal acquaintance, it 
was often more than delicate to express.  I must certainly have 
erred often and much; it is not for want of trouble taken nor of an 
impartial temper.  And if my plain speaking shall cost me any of 
the friends that I still count, I shall be sorry, but I need not be 
ashamed.

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