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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20

[warning to the reader]

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Reader! avast, before you proceed any further, for, if you have not been in the habit of exercising your reflective faculties, or if you do not intend to begin now to exercise them, you may save yourself the trouble of reading the following pages—they are not intended for you and will do you no good—the shallow and the unthinking can reap no benefit from their perusal—but if you have trained your mind to reflect, to weigh evidence and form your own conclusions, I hail you as a brother of independent mind, an individuality, a soul, a man on your own account, and I invite you to a consideration, with me, of those principles which so much affect the problems of physical, intellectual, moral, social and spiritual life. I do not lay claim to much originality of thought; I cannot tell how much of the following is original, or how much has been suggested by other authors; I will not even guarantee that many of the passages, marked as quotations in the following pages, are correct, or that many not marked at all are not quotations; I may have altered both to suit my own ideas, for, in nearly all instances, I quote from memory, and many of the authors I have never read; but this I feel, whether the following thoughts have originated with myself or with others, whether I have read them in books, or whether I have been impressed with them by my spirit guides, they are equally dear to me in the present state of my mind, and I hope they may meet with the same approval on your part. But whether they meet with your approval or disapproval I shall be equally satisfied, providing your verdict is conscientiously given.

R. F. C.