I just loved the language and style in this inscription, had to share it:
To Connie Smith -
In the hope that you lend your books after you read them.
May your store always be the fine-looking symbol of free enterprise that it was when I saw it.
July 23 1946
Patric is the author of the book the inscription is found in, "Yankee Hobo in the Orient." It was published by the author through Frying Pan Creek, 1946 (or thereabouts).
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