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3. It could hardly be necessary for me, in the very outset of this address, to disclaim all disposition to offensive personalities.直接的语感： It certainly isn't necessary that I deny my liking for unpleasant people at the beginning of this speech .
rephrased : It hardly needed for me, at the beginning of this speech, to disclaim all characters which make me offensive.
That stands for I will take the fact that offenive personalities is supposed to be part of my character.
If you question: Is “disclaim …to…” a set phrase?
No, it is not a set phrase! ([all disposition to offensive personalities] is not a set phrase)
But it (the preposition-to) is simply to be used to show a relationship between [all disposition] and [offensive personalities] and it (the preposition-to) shows "as a help to /so as to form".
That can be made in many ways as a general rule not as an English idiom use: disposition for / of offecsive personalities;
[for]-----as a help to;
[of]-----shows marking what; all the qualities of a good nurse; a gentle humour of his plays;