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B. GILES KING, Esq.
MY DEAR KING, We have such few opportunities afforded us of testifying esteem, that I feel inexpressible gratification in thus being able to give a very unworthy token of those sentiments with which a long acquaintance has inspired me for you—nor is this all : the present dedication is not only an ordinary tribute paid to friendship, it is a tribute paid to a friend whom I esteem as much for his public principle as his private worth. And indeed it is no small consolation, in thus entering upon a new career, to feel that whatever may be my fate as an author, there must still remain to me the pleasure and the honour with which I shall ever look back to the temporary connection of my name with yours. This is not said, my dear King, in the form and customary spirit of dedicatory addresses, but with the deepest and sincerest sentiments of regard and affection.
Yours most truly, HENRY LYTTON BULWER.
Hill-street, September 3, 1834.