From The ABC Of Plain Words by Sir Ernest Gowers

Never say "I beg to acknowledge" or "I beg to remain", or use any phrase of that sort with beg in it. Beg in such a position can have no meaning. Its common use in this way is presumably to be accounted for by a false analogy with the reasonable use of I beg as a polite introduction to a contradiction, "I beg to differ", or "I beg your leave to differ". There is no reason why one should apologise, however faintly, for acknowledging a letter or remaining an obedient servant. See Commercialese.

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