THE LILY OF THE VALLEY
by HONORE DE BALZAC
Katharine Prescott Wormeley
To Monsieur J. B. Nacquart,
Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine.
Dear Doctor--Here is one of the most carefully hewn stones in the
second course of the foundation of a literary edifice which I have
slowly and laboriously constructed. I wish to inscribe your name
upon it, as much to thank the man whose science once saved me as
to honor the friend of my daily life.