Dictionary Johnson


Samuel Johnson. A Dictionary of the English Language. London: Millar, 1765. Fragment with manuscript annotations. MS Hyde 51 (13)

Even the greatest of works may sometimes come to an inglorious end. Boswell's note on this scrap of the Dictionary records that "Matthew Henderson found this in a Littlehouse [i.e., a privy] at Edinburgh & twitted me with my Great Friend's Work being Wastepaper."