Letters of John Richard Green

Letters of John Richard Green

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Letters of John Richard Green

Letters of John Richard Green

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I must ask readers of these letters to take for granted that there have been sufficient reasons for the long delay in their appearance. A few words will explain my own share in the present publication. When Mrs. Green asked me to act as editor I replied that I thought myself disqualified by the slightness of my acquaintance with the writer. When, however, Mrs. Green, after considering this and other objections, came to the conclusion that under all the circumstances the proposed arrangement would be the most satisfactory to her, I could no longer hesitate. I accepted the position, and have tried to do the work to the best of my ability. I was encouraged by one obvious reflection. Any editor, however well qualified for the task, must have accepted in the main the restriction which in my own case was imperative; namely, that wherever it was possible the story should be told in Green's own words and the editor remain in the background. I have not been able, however, to confine myself entirely to annotations. The full significance of the letters can only be appreciated by readers who bear in mind the circumstances under which they were written. I have therefore found it necessary to write introductory narratives in explanation of Green's position during suc-

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