The Chronicles of Count Antonio
TO THE HONOURABLE SIR HENRY HAWKINS.--
My dear Sir Henry: It gives me very great pleasure to be allowed to dedicate this book to you. I hope you will accept it as a token of thanks for much kindness, of your former Marshal's pleasant memory of his service, and of sincere respect for a clear-sighted, firm, and compassionate Judge.--Your affectionate cousin, A. H. H. London, August, 1895.
In all that I have written concerning Count Antonio, I have striven to say that only which is surely based on truth and attested by credible witness, and have left on one side the more marvellous tales such as the credulity of ignorance and the fond licence of legend are wont to weave. But as to the manner of his return there is no room for unce……