A friend on the faculty at USC-Lancaster flipped open a copy of Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson to amuse himself over a sandwich in his office on Thursday. This is what he stumbled across and forwarded to me.
"Dr. Johnson made a remark which both Mr. Macbean and I thought new. It was this: that 'the law against usury is for the protection of creditors as well as debtors; for if there no such check, people would be apt, from the temptation of great interest, to lend to desperate persons, by whom they would lose their money.'”
Dr. Johnson made this comment on April 7, 1776.