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**caz**View PostOn the one hand, it is music to your ears that a diary can be

__any form of book__, i.e. it does not have to be a printed book bearing the year divided into months and days, yet you seem to be assuming that Barrett was expecting exactly such a book with (for example) the year 1891 emblazoned all over it.

If Barrett (as the forger) had limited himself to asking for an 1888 diary he would probably have had no chance of getting one. He needed a wider range. An 1891 diary would have been perfect for his requirements if it had blank pages. He would just have cut out anything indicating it was from 1891 and, voila, he has a diary containing paper from the exact right period which no-one could prove was not from 1888.

So I fail to see any basis to your objection.

If we assume that the actual diary is a forgery then it is exactly what the real forger did. Purchases a Victorian or Edwardian scrapbook (not necessarily from 1888), cuts the pages out and bingo - he now has a diary that could have been from 1888 and no-one can scientifically prove otherwise.

And perhaps you can tell me: why did Barrett want a diary from the Victorian period

__with blank pages__?

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