Samuel Johnson has nearly completed his dictionary, and visits his sponsor the Prince Regent. Unfortunately, the illiterate Baldrick burns the manuscript leaving Blackadder the impossible task of recreating in one weekend what it took Johnson nearly a decade to write. Written by
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Samuel Johnson approaches the Prince George about patronizing
his English Dictionary. Johnson actually published his dictionary in 1755, seven years before the Prince was born. Johnson died in 1784, over 25 years before Prince George became Regent. Lord Byron appears as one of the romantic poets siding with Johnson in his dispute with Blackadder and Prince George but Byron wasn't born until 1788, after Johnson had died. Percy Bysshe Shelley, who also appears wasn't born until 1792. Coleridge, who also appears, was born in 1772, after the dictionary was published and only 12 years before Johnson died. See more
Baldrick, that is by far and away, and without a shadow of doubt, the worst and most contemptible plan in the history of the universe.