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Excerpt from Journal of Edward Ellerker Williams: Companion of Shelley and Byron in 1821 and 1822
The unbroken friendship, therefore, which Edward Ellerker Williams maintained with Shelley for a year and a half, would prove him of other breed to the genus bore, even if his participation in Shelley's fate had not made him for ever interesting. He has moreover left proof what manner of man he was in the little journal which he kept during the period of his acquaintance with Shelley and Byron. Though the portions of this journal which have hitherto been printed are well known to and highly valued by all interested in the lives of the poets, it has not hitherto been published complete, nor are the published portions easily accessible. This defect will' be remedied by the present little publication. Before considering the journal itself, it will be advisable to give some account of the writer, for the sake of those to whom he is known only as the friend of Shelley.
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