Would someone in the 1880s have used the word smidge? I had my doubts.
Still, it's possible. I looked up smidgen (which has since been shortened to smidge). It apparently comes from the English smitch and first was used around 1845.
So it's very possible that smidge was used correctly.
THE SEARCH, BY the way, led me to something interesting: The OneLook Dictionary Search. I'll use that again.
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