The Papers of Samuel Weller Singer relating to the Compilation of a Dictionary of Old and Middle English
The papers of Samuel Weller Singer mainly relating to the compilation of a dictionary of Old and Middle English, which, according to the Dictionary of National Biography, was abandoned because of Joseph Bosworth's rival Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1838). Some of the slip indexes for the dictionary are written on the reverse of torn scraps of Singer's official correspondence of the 1830s as Hon. Secretary of the Travellers' Club.
- 19th cent.
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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. d. 1346].
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MSS. Eng. misc. d. 1346-1347/1-2
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CMD ID 13321
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858) was an author. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Given to the Library in 1984, in response to the Bodleian Exhibition The Douce Legacy.
- The Papers of Samuel Weller Singer relating to the Compilation of a Dictionary of Old and Middle English
- Susan Thomas
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