Text: Prayer Before the Study of Law. Almighty God, the giver of wisdom, without whose blessing study is ineffectual; enable me, if it be thy will, to attain such knowledge as may qualify me to direct the doubtful, and instruct the ignorant; to prevent wrongs and terminate contentions; and grant that I may use that knowledge which I shall attain, to thy glory and my own salvation, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen. September 26, 1765, Samuel Johnson. Hoc Monumentum, In Memoriam, Alexandri W., Virgini L., Iohannis A. Weddell - Et Non Dilexerunt Animas Suas Usque Ad Mortem - Pos. A.W.W. Et V.C.W., MCMXLI.
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