TO HIS EXCELLENCY
THE RIGHT HON. LORD LYTTON,
Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
MY DEAR LORD LYTTON,—After old-world records—such as the Bayeux tapestry and the Roman de Rou,—Edward Freeman’s History of the Norman Conquest, and your father’s Historical Romance treating of the same times, have been mainly helpful to me in writing this Drama. Your father dedicated his ‘Harold’ to my father’s brother; allow me to dedicate my ‘Harold’ to yourself.