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Excerpt from "Shakespeare" Identified in Edward De Vere, the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford
I have also gratefully to acknowledge indebtedness respecting the portraits it was important the work should contain: to His Majesty the King for permission to repro duce the miniature of Sir Philip Sidney in Windsor Castle; to His Grace the Duke of Portland, not only for permis sion to reproduce, but also for facilities, spontaneously and graciously offered, for securing a good copy of his portrait of Edward de Vere at Welbeck Abbey; to the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery for similar permission re specting the portraits of Lord Burleigh and Sir Horace Vere; and to Mr. Emery Walker, for kindly grant ing the use of several photographs and blocks of these portraits.
I now send forth the results of my investigations to face the ordeal of a public examination. Although I have tried to regard all schools of thought as so many agencies in the one cause of truth, it is too much to expect that, in dealing with such controversial matters, I have avoided hurting susceptibilities. For any shortcomings of this kind I throw myself on the generosity Of my readers. I have no wish, however, to be spared fair and helpful criticism; nor can I hope to escape criticism of the less kindly type: but if in the end I can see the truth prevail and an act of repara tion done to a great Englishman, I shall be content.
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