beg leave

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Sir, I beg leave to point out that I have set on foot an implacable odour.
I cannot otherwise than be concerned at being the means of injuring your amiable daughters, and beg leave to apologise for it, as well as to assure you of my readiness to make them every possible amends-- but of this hereafter.
HONORED MADAM: My brother and I have seen your advertisement, by chance, and beg leave to take the room you offer.
When Ming Huang bade the masterful eunuch Kao Li-shih unlace the poet's boots, he gave him a relentless enemy whose malice pursued him, until at length he was glad to beg leave to retire from the court, where he was never at ease and to which he never returned.
I beg leave to assure you, sir, that I take your advice much kinder than your generous offer with which you concluded it; for, as you are pleased to say, sir, it is an instance of your opinion of my understanding.
Having answered your question, miss," says the Sergeant, "I beg leave to make an inquiry in my turn.
Having forgotten this gentleman's name, I must beg leave to distinguish him by means of a letter of the alphabet.
Now that is my story, and I have told it in the interest of your trumpery science; but if on any evening hereafter you observe me wearing this damnable watch, and you have the thoughtfulness to ask me the hour, I shall beg leave to put you to the inconvenience of being knocked down.
Elton, I must beg leave to stop at your house, and ask your housekeeper for a bit of ribband or string, or any thing just to keep my boot on.
The management beg leave to offer to the public an entertainment surpassing in magnificence any thing that has heretofore been attempted on any stage.
Before you say any more about Lady Lydiard, I really must beg leave to observe--"
As the President finished reading the paper (which I beg leave to assure my readers is a bona fide copy of one written by bona fide girls once upon a time), a round of applause followed, and then Mr.