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    THIS volume of papers, unconnected as they are, it will be better
    to read through from the beginning, rather than dip into at random.
    A certain thread of meaning binds them. Memories of childhood and
    youth, portraits of those who have gone before us in the battle -
    taken together, they build up a face that "I have loved long since
    and lost awhile," the face of what was once myself. This has come
    by accident; I had no design at first to be autobiographical; I was
    but led away by the charm of beloved memories and by regret for the
    irrevocable dead; and when my own young face (which is a face of
    the dead also) began to appear in the well as by a kind of magic, I
    was the first to be surprised at the occurrence.

    My grandfather the pious child, my father the idle eager
    sentimental youth, I have thus unconsciously exposed. Of their
    descendant, the person of to-day, I wish to keep the secret: not
    because I love him better, but because, with him, I am still in a
    business partnership, and cannot divide interests.

    Of the papers which make up the volume, some have appeared already
    MAGAZINE OF ART, THE CONTEMPORARY REVIEW; three are here in print
    for the first time; and two others have enjoyed only what may he
    regarded as a private circulation.

    R. L. S.
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