4. a very small piece or quantity; a bit, a scrap ...1867 Amer. dial.
1597 - A.M., J. Guiilemeau's Frenche Chirurgerye or all the Manualle Operations of Chirurgerye translated 1597;
see below from E-NED
from Latin scriptiōnem, from scrībĕre to write
"...if I give this handle to our bad illiterate poetasters for the defence
of their Scriptions, as they call them."
From: The Poetical Works of John Dryden:
Containing Original Poems, Tales, and Translations:
with notes by the Rev. Joseph Warton, and the Rev. John Warton, 1873