“A literary lady, expressing to Dr. Johnson her approbation of his Dictionary, and, in particular, her satisfaction at his not having admitted into it any improper words; ‘No, madam,’ replied he; ‘I hope I have not daubed my fingers. I find, however, that you have been looking for them.’
This famous anecdote appears in
The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L. D. By James Boswell, John Wilson Croker.
… After all, I am a Boswell alumnus.