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'HIS FORTUNES AND MISFORTUNES, HIS FRIENDS
AND HIS GREATEST ENEMY
WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE AUTHOR
IN TWO VOLUMES
TO DR. JOHN ELLIOTSON.
MY DEAR DOCTOR,
Thirteen months ago, when it seemed likely that this story had come to a close, a kind friend brought you to my bedside, whence, in all probability, I never should have risen but for your constant watchfulness, and skill. I like to recal your great goodness and kindness (as well as many acts of others, showing quite a surprising friendship and sympathy) at that time, when kindness and friendship were most needed and welcome.
And as you would take no other fee but thanks, let me record them here in behalf of me and mine, and subscribe myself
Yours most sincerely and gratefully,
W. M. THACKERAY.