Antedating of "Vampire"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 24 14:27:25 UTC 2004

vampire (OED 1734)

1733 Charles Forman _A second letter to the Right Honourable Sir Robert
Walpole_ 38 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  It is some
Satisfaction to him [a Dutchman] to know that he is not giving from his
Family what he has earned with the Sweat of his Brows, to ... gratify the
Rapine of a fat-gutted _Vampire_.

Fred Shapiro

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