Antedating of "Cross-Examination"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Feb 21 13:10:47 UTC 2004

cross-examination (OED 1827)

1705-7 _A collection of state tracts, publish'd on occasion of the late
revolution in 1688. And during the reign of King William III_ 168
(Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  The said King _James_ ... caused
most of the said Writs to be burnt, conveyed away the great Seal, the
pretended Prince of _Wales_, the Queen, and divers of the Conspirators in
that Intrigue, and Accessories thereunto; to prevent, as is believed,
their cross Examination.

Fred Shapiro

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