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Collection Level Description: The Papers of Samuel Weller Singer relating to the Compilation of a Dictionary of Old and Middle English

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. d. 1346-1347/1-2
Title: The Papers of Samuel Weller Singer relating to the Compilation of a Dictionary of Old and Middle English
Dates of Creation: 19th cent.
Extent: 2 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Samuel Weller Singer

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858) was an author. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Scope and Content

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.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library in 1984, in response to the Bodleian Exhibition The Douce Legacy.

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Access Points

Anglo-Saxon language | Dictionaries | English

English language | Middle English | 1100-1500 | Dictionaries

Singer | Samuel Weller | 1783-1858 | author

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