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Re: 0ff-Topic: Ink-Stained Wretch

When all else fails, call the reference desk at the main New
York Public Library and hope someone answers. Any central
library would probably do just as well.

Judith Davidsen

Irene Silverman wrote:
> Apologies for an off-topic question. My newspaper needs to know:
> Where did the phrase "ink-stained wretch" originate?
> Google has been no help.
> Thank you all.
> Irene