Education: Boola Boswell

It looked something like moving day at a metropolitan bank. Each of the two private cars that pulled up in front of Yale University's library had four big metal chests inside—and an armed guard. Nobody actually expected hijackers, but Yale, egged on by the insurance companies, was taking no chances. The chests held the private papers of James Boswell, biographer of Samuel Johnson and pertinacious observer of the 18th Century in general.

In a sense, the papers had been on their way to New Haven for 23 years, ever since Ralph H. Isham (Yale '14) first heard of them. One batch...

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