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Quotation by Abraham Lincoln
Gratefully accepting the proffered honor, [to inscribe a new legal work to him] I give the leave, begging only that the inscription may be in modest terms, not representing me as a man of great learning, or a very extraordinary one in any respect.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. letter to William D. Kelley, Oct. 13, 1860. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 127, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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