If the ledger was originally in the Maybricks' possession, why would a forger have removed those pages from the front? If it had been a Maybrick family scrapbook/photo-album, or at least contained non-family artefacts (e.g. press cuttings or other ephemera) that dated the book to 1889 or earlier, surely they would have been left in to support its provenance? I'd suggest that the most likely explanation for the missing pages is that they contained evidence which not only showed the book had not been a Maybrick possession, but placed it at a later point in time
Indeed Sam. I never actually stated - only speculated - that it contained anything, photos or otherwise, which could have linked it to the Maybrick family. Whatever it contained, the hoaxer either didn't want it, or those pages had been removed before the hoaxer obtained the book. I seem to recall reading - not in any work about the Diary but in a book about the Maybrick Case - that certain items went missing from Battlecrease before and after Florrie's arrest, and that the honesty of at least one of the servants was suspect. All I am suggesting is that IF the book came out of Battlecrease it was more likely - in my humble opinion - to have been abstracted at a point well in the past and not a little over 25 years ago when work was being carried out at the house.
It seems unlikely, reading the posts here on this Forum, that there will ever be any agreement, or further solid positive evidence, forthcoming with regard to The Floorboards, The Electricians And Mike Barrett. (Hey, could be a Peter Greenaway work!!). As I and others have suggested, why on earth would a dying man wish to secrete anything under the floorboards? And how could he have achieved it anyway?
We are suffering from a plethora of surmise, conjecture and hypothesis. - Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure Of Silver Blaze