The Paris Sketch Book

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

Dedicatory Letter




SIR,—It becomes every man in his station to acknowledge and praise virtue wheresoever he may find it, and to point it out for the admiration and example of his fellow-men.

Some months since, when you presented to the writer of these pages a small account for coats and pantaloons manufactured by you, and when you were met by a statement from your creditor, that an immediate settlement of your bill would be extremely inconvenient to him; your reply was, "Mon Dieu, Sir, let not that annoy you; if you want money, as a gentleman often does in a strange country, I have a thousand-franc note at my house which is quite at your service."

History or experience, Sir, makes us acquainted with so few actions that can be compared to yours,—an offer like this from a stranger and a tailor seems to me so astonishing,—that you must pardon me for thus making your virtue public, and acquainting the English nation with your merit and your name. Let me add, Sir, that you live on the first floor; that your clothes and fit are excellent, and your charges moderate and just; and, as a humble tribute of my admiration, permit me to lay these volumes at your feet.

Your obliged, faithful servant,



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Chicago: William Makepeace Thackeray, "Dedicatory Letter," The Paris Sketch Book, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in The Paris Sketch Book (Boston: John W. Luce and Company, 1911), Original Sources, accessed July 2, 2022,

MLA: Thackeray, William Makepeace. "Dedicatory Letter." The Paris Sketch Book, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in The Paris Sketch Book, Boston, John W. Luce and Company, 1911, Original Sources. 2 Jul. 2022.

Harvard: Thackeray, WM, 'Dedicatory Letter' in The Paris Sketch Book, ed. and trans. . cited in 1911, The Paris Sketch Book, John W. Luce and Company, Boston. Original Sources, retrieved 2 July 2022, from