|His Excellency Yacoub Artin Pasha,|
|Minister of Instruction, Etc. Etc. Etc. Cairo.|
My Dear Pasha,
During the last dozen years, since we first met at Cairo, you have done much for Egyptian folk-lore and you can do much more. This volume is inscribed to you with a double purpose; first it is intended as a public expression of gratitude for your friendly assistance; and, secondly, as a memento that the samples which you have given us imply a promise of further gift. With this lively sense of favours to come I subscribe myself
Ever your friend and fellow worker,
Richard F. Burton.
London, July 12, 1886