Antedating of "Abolitionism"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 25 11:13:01 UTC 2008

abolitionism (OED 1808)

1807 _Christian Observer_ Dec. 806 (American Periodical Series)  Mr. Corry was sufficiently acute to perceive that the cant of _gradual abolitionism_ was necessary, in the present state of public opinion, even to his obtaining a patient hearing.

Fred Shapiro

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