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.