Former student turned Professor, Arthur Boycott checked out a book from his school’s library some time between 1886 and 1894. The book was part of some science research he was doing, and it was called “The Microscope and its Revelations.” He eventually went on to graduate from an additional school with first-class honors and became a top-level pathologist and naturalist. He was definitely good at his field of choice, but not so much at returning books.
His granddaughter, Alice Gillett, discovered the book, among more than 6,000 other books in his collection, while she was cleaning out some storage after her own husband had passed away. She found the book with the school’s stamp on the inside cover, and returned it with a note that read “I am sorry to inform you that one of your former pupils, Prof AE Boycott FRS, appears to have stolen the enclosed. I can’t imagine how the school has managed without it!”
Lucky for her, the school’s policy is to not charge late fees on borrowed books, but they estimated that if the book was borrowed from the town’s library, rather than the school’s, the late fee would be near $9,400!
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