x Preface the Weekly Press •>/ igth June, 1912, containing the Dialogue again reprinted and a facsimile reproduction of Darwin's letter. / thank Mr. W. H. Triggs, the present editor of the Press, Christchurch, New Zealand, also Miss Colbornc-Ved and the members of the staff for their industry and perseverance in search- ing for and identifying Butler's early contributions to the news- paper. The other principal items not actually in the Note-Books, the letter to T. W. G. Butler (pp. 53-5 post), "A Psalm of Montreal" (pp. 388-9 post) and "The Righteous Man" (pp. 390-1 post). / suppose Butler kept all these out of his notes because he considered that they had served their purpose; "but they have not hitherto appeared in a form now accessible to the general reader. All the footnotes are mine and so are all those prefatory notes which are printed in italics and the explanatory remarks in square brackets which occur occasionally in the text. I have also preserved, in square brackets, the date of a note when anything seemed to turn on it. And I have made the index. The Biographical Statement is founded on a skeleton Diary which is in the Note-Books. It is intended to show, among other things, how intimately the great variety of subjects touched upon in the notes entered into and formed part of Butler's working life. It does not stop at the iSlh of June, 1902, because, as he says (p. 23 post), " Death is not more the end of some than it is the beginning of others " ; and, again (p. 13 post), for those who come to the true birth the life we live beyond ftie grave is our truest life. The Biographical Statement has ac- cordingly been carried on to the present time so as to include the principal events that have occurred during the opening period of the " good average three-score years and ten of immortality >y which he modestly hoped he might inherit in the life of the world to come. HENRY FESTING JONES. Mount Eryx, Trapani, Sicily, August, 1912.