Bulwer Lytton wrote about this piece in dedication:
I dedicate to you that work, completed and published, some part of which, when in manuscript, and but rudely sketched, you flattered me by approving. In it there are many faults, which I myself lament; there are many others which, in escaping my observation, will meet your own : but the eastern proverb tells us, that a bad cause is safer than a good; for in the latter we trust to justice, in the former we bribe the judge. And, in presenting to you these volumes, I know well that Criticism, however austere, is but a corrupt arbiter when tempted by Affection. Of all writings, perhaps a dedication is the dullest: let me in some measure redeem the dulness of this by the sanctity of good wishes. An ancient name, and an inheritance that places you amidst that great landed aristocracy which exerts over the interests of this country so influential a sway, offer to your ambition a ready opening and an honourable career. May it notbe long before the hostages you have given us in private life shall be redeemed in public, and the talents, which are now only ornaments to yourself, be ripened into utility to the world. In that hope how many are included! and in wishing your path to tend to the happiness of others, have I not wished you, not only the noblest, but the shortest road to your own ?
In other years, when the work which I inscribe to you may be forgotten by every one else, these lines will preserve it fresh in unabated interest to you. Nor will you hereafter judge of me less charitably in the capacity of the man, because in that of the author I have asked you to pardon many errors and much deficiency for the sake of some affection.
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