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Edited in Modern English by
Edward Gwynne Eardley-Wilmot
My Dear Eddie,
Whatever view a story-teller may take of his business, 'tis happy
when he can think, "This book of mine will please such and such a
friend," and may set that friend's name after the title page. For
even if to please (as some are beginning to hold) should be no part
of his aim, at least 'twill always be a reward: and (in unworthier
moods) next to a Writer I would choose to be a Lamplighter, as the
only other that gets so cordial a "God bless him!" in the long
To win such a welcome at such a time from a new friend or two would
be the happiest fortune for my tale. But to you I could wish it to
speak particularly, seeing that under the coat of Jack Marvel
beats the heart of your friend
Torquay, August 22d, 1889.
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