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300-Year-Old Ledger

The first governor-general of Australia was a man by the name of Lord Hopetoun. One of his most cherished possessions was a 300-year-old ledger he had inherited from John Hope, one of his ancestors. Hope had owned a business in Edinburgh, where he first used this old ledger. When Lord Hopetoun received it, he noticed that it had inscribed on its front page this prayer, “O Lord, keep me and this book honest!”

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