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The words, partly taken from other dictionaries, and partly supplied by himself, having been first written down with spaces left between them, he delivered in writing their etymologies, definitions, and various significations. The authorities were copied from the books themselves, in which he had marked the passages with a black-lead pencil, the traces of which could easily be effaced. I have seen several of them, in which that trouble had not been taken’ so that they were just as when used by the copyists. (110)


Some of these more solemn papers attracted the notice of Dr. Young, the authour of The Night Thoughts, of whom my estimation is such, as to reckon his applaus an honour even to Johnson. I have seen volumes of Dr. Young’s copy of the Rambler, in which he has marked the passages which he thought particularly excellent, by folding down a corner of the page; and such as he rated in a super-eminent degree are marked by double folds. I am sorry that some of the volumes are lost. (127)

—Boswell, Life of Johnson, vol. 1


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