From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

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Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

Dedication

TO CAPTAIN SAMUEL LEWIS, OF THE PENINSULAR AND ORIENTAL STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY’S SERVICE.

My Dear Lewis,

After a voyage, during which the captain of the ship has displayed uncommon courage, seamanship, affability, or other good qualities, grateful passengers often present him with a token of their esteem, in the shape of teapots, tankards, trays, &c. of precious metal. Among authors, however, bullion is a much rarer commodity than paper, whereof I beg you to accept a little in the shape of this small volume. It contains a few notes of a voyage which your skill and kindness rendered doubly pleasant; and of which I don’t think there is any recollection more agreeable than that it was the occasion of making your friendship.

If the noble Company in whose service you command (and whose fleet alone makes them a third-rate maritime power in Europe) should appoint a few admirals in their navy, I hope to hear that your flag is hoisted on board one of the grandest of their steamers. But, I trust, even there you will not forget the "Iberia," and the delightful Mediterranean cruise we had in her in the Autumn of 1844.

Most faithfully yours, My dear Lewis, W. M. THACKERAY. LONDON: December 24, 1845.

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Chicago: William Makepeace Thackeray, "Dedication," From Cornhill to Grand Cairo, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in From Cornhill to Grand Cairo (Boston: John W. Luce and Company, 1911), Original Sources, accessed April 3, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=M5WHP6VEXNAIN2S.

MLA: Thackeray, William Makepeace. "Dedication." From Cornhill to Grand Cairo, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in From Cornhill to Grand Cairo, Boston, John W. Luce and Company, 1911, Original Sources. 3 Apr. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=M5WHP6VEXNAIN2S.

Harvard: Thackeray, WM, 'Dedication' in From Cornhill to Grand Cairo, ed. and trans. . cited in 1911, From Cornhill to Grand Cairo, John W. Luce and Company, Boston. Original Sources, retrieved 3 April 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=M5WHP6VEXNAIN2S.