It is original.
It's fine. The cut out section no doubt had the owner's personal information on it and they did not want it public. Quite often, you'll see documents and ID's,etc, that have the name either obscured or removed. Unfortunately, it does considerably affect the value in cases like these.
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
not worth reading,it's out of date and boring.-lol.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.