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    to lay in my claims

    Does "I feel much disposed in your absence, to lay in my claims" mean "(when you are absent) I feel much willing to put forth my demand"?

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    "I feel much disposed in your absence, to lay in my claims, as he is talented & agreeable & sometimes countenances me."


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    Re: to lay in my claims

    I suggest that you supply some context. (I am not disposed to think of of a claim as the same thing as a demand.)

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    Re: to lay in my claims

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "I feel much disposed in your absence, to lay in my claims" mean "(when you are absent) I feel very willing to put forth my demands"?

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    "I feel much disposed in your absence, to lay in my claims, as he is talented & agreeable & sometimes countenances me."


    -from LINCOLN - Team of Rivals
    Yes, if you use the two corrections in red.

    Remember that Lincoln was just jotting an informal note. The writing isn't quite standard. (Don't write sentences with ampersands!) It's also old-fashioned. We don't talk that way today.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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