beg leave

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Having forgotten this gentleman's name, I must beg leave to distinguish him by means of a letter of the alphabet.
Having answered your question, miss," says the Sergeant, "I beg leave to make an inquiry in my turn.
But if you talk o' my being provided for beyond what I could expect, I beg leave to tell you as I'd a right to expect a many things as I don't find.
Sir, I beg leave to point out that I have set on foot an implacable odour.
Before you say any more about Lady Lydiard, I really must beg leave to observe--"
Thus the passion of Mrs Honour appears natural enough, even if it were to be no otherwise accounted for; but, in reality, there was another cause of her anger; for which we must beg leave to remind our reader of a circumstance mentioned in the above simile.
Most gracious sovereign", it began, "we, your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to congratulate Your Majesty, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, their Royal Highnesses (that's enough royals, ed.
But pressed as to whether she would support a budget freeze, she added: "I beg leave to first discuss this with the Prime Minister.
We rob woman of her right to the soil she stands upon, and then beg leave to offer her a chair," he said at the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention in 1853, arguing for women's suffrage.
During the Revolutionary War, Washington made the following statement to the President of Congress on August 16, 1777: "In like Manner, since our Imports of Spirit have become so precarious, nay impracticable, on Account of the Enemy's Fleet which infests our Whole Coast, I would beg leave to suggest the propriety of erecting Public Distilleries in different States.
To the members and adherents of The Presbyterian Church in Canada throughout the wide Dominion as well as to others in distant lands to whom these presents shall come, we make our best bow and beg leave to introduce ourselves with the homely salutation of "A Happy New Year
I wish I could believe that the politicians, who cause wars and then send other people to fight them, act with honesty and righteousness, but I beg leave to doubt it.