Benjamin Freedman’s Address
“Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote the first English Dictionary in 1797. That’s only a few years from 1800, which isn’t so very long ago! It consists of two thick volumes. And it has possibly every word that was then used in the English language. I have shown that too many important people in all walks of life, and they were amazed, because when I told them what I am going to tell you now, they didn’t believe me. So I acquired these two books – cost a little money. They’re first editions, rare! In that book, in those two volumes, the first English dictionary ever published by Dr. Samuel Johnson, (about whom, many of you know), the word ‘Jew’ does not appear”!