Morning Star

Author: Henry Rider Haggard


My dear Budge,—

Only a friendship extending over many years emboldened me, an
amateur, to propose to dedicate a Romance of Old Egypt to you, one
of the world’s masters of the language and lore of the great
people who in these latter days arise from their holy tombs to
instruct us in the secrets of history and faith.

With doubt I submitted to you this story, asking whether you
wished to accept pages that could not, I feared, be free from
error, and with surprise in due course I read, among other kind
things, your advice to me to "leave it exactly as it is." So I
take you at your word, although I can scarcely think that in paths
so remote and difficult I have not sometimes gone astray.

Whatever may be the shortcomings, therefore, that your kindness
has concealed from me, since this tale was so fortunate as to
please and interest you, its first critic, I offer it to you as an
earnest of my respect for your learning and your labours.

Very sincerely yours, H. Rider Haggard.

To Doctor Wallis Budge,
Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, British Museum.


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Chicago: Henry Rider Haggard, "Dedication," Morning Star, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Evans, Sebastian in Morning Star Original Sources, accessed May 20, 2024,

MLA: Haggard, Henry Rider. "Dedication." Morning Star, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Evans, Sebastian, in Morning Star, Original Sources. 20 May. 2024.

Harvard: Haggard, HR, 'Dedication' in Morning Star, ed. and trans. . cited in , Morning Star. Original Sources, retrieved 20 May 2024, from